Exponential Groups Podcast with Allen White
Bill Willits on Creating Community

Bill Willits on Creating Community

September 27, 2021

Bill Willits from North Point Ministries discusses what's changed in small group ministry since the original release of Creating Communities in 2005, what's working and not working in 2021, and how North Point has innovated their ministry to connect and reach people now. Bill talks about recruiting leaders, connecting people into groups, and serving the community. He also shares some significant shifts in North Point's ministry.

Phil Cooke on Digital Ministry, Online Engagement, Social Media with Live Audience Q&A

Phil Cooke on Digital Ministry, Online Engagement, Social Media with Live Audience Q&A

August 29, 2021

In this episode, Phil Cooke, founder of the Cooke Media Group, an active producer in Hollywood, and and PhD in Theology, shares how pastors and churches can effectively impact lives through their online services, online groups, and social media.

Carolyn Taketa on Keeping the Value of Groups High in Your Church and Increasing Diversity in Groups

Carolyn Taketa on Keeping the Value of Groups High in Your Church and Increasing Diversity in Groups

July 19, 2021

In this episode, Carolyn Taketa shares about keeping the value of groups high in a church after 15 years of small group ministry there. She also focuses on the importance of acceptance and diversity in small groups. Carolyn talks about making every group, team, and ministry more groupish in the church, aligning a curriculum series across all age groups and departments within the church, and adapting for the post-pandemic world.

Case Study: San Diego Rock Church with Mark Richardson on Developing Leaders

Case Study: San Diego Rock Church with Mark Richardson on Developing Leaders

June 21, 2021

In this episode, you will hear Mark Richardson share on how the Rock Church is multiplying campuses online, in-person, and through microsites and multiplying small group leaders and groups! This starts with the church staff multiplying themselves, then investing in their leaders to become better group leaders, potential staff, and church planters.

Bonus Episode: The Theology of Trials and Suffering

Bonus Episode: The Theology of Trials and Suffering

June 18, 2021

This bonus episode is an extension of my conversation with Monica Lee from Episode 5. In this episode Monica and I discuss the unique challenges of raising children with special needs and it's impact on spiritual growth and ministry.

Case Study: Monica Lee, Radiant Church, on Disciple-making in Small Groups

Case Study: Monica Lee, Radiant Church, on Disciple-making in Small Groups

May 25, 2021

In this episode, Monica Lee, Radiant Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan, unpacks how their church intentionally makes disciples through small groups. She discusses the tools and environments they offer to help people become more like Jesus.

Case Study: Elliot Diaz of Manna Church on Multiplying Churches, Campuses, Groups, and Leaders

Case Study: Elliot Diaz of Manna Church on Multiplying Churches, Campuses, Groups, and Leaders

April 20, 2021

How do you multiply yourself? How do you multiply your church? Manna Church is well on the way to figuring that out. In this interview, Elliot Diaz, site pastor at Manna Church, explains how the church is multiplying churches across the U.S., multiplying campuses throughout their region, multiplying groups at each campus, multiplying small group leaders, and Elliot is multiplying himself at each campus to lead groups.

Chip Ingram on Spiritual Transformation and Yes, You Really Can Change

Chip Ingram on Spiritual Transformation and Yes, You Really Can Change

March 29, 2021

We all want life change, but achieving it is hard. As Christians, we know we've got God's help. Jesus has made it possible. The Holy Spirit even lives inside us! And yet, too many Christians are stuck in the mud when it comes to life change. What's going on? Can things ever get better? Can my life ever turn the corner? Chip Ingram, teaching pastor and CEO of Living on the Edge, shares about his new book: Yes, You Really Can Change: What to Do When You're Spiritually Stuck.

Jay Kranda on Online Ministry and Small Group

Jay Kranda on Online Ministry and Small Group

February 21, 2021

Jay Kranda has served as the Online Pastor at Saddleback Church for over 10 years. Jay's experience uniquely qualified him to navigate ministry during the Coronavirus pandemic, but beyond that he has created a full fledged online community at Saddleback that will continue to well into the future. In this episode, you will learn how to create small groups wherever people find community online.

Dr. Warren Bird on How Small Groups Help Churches Grow from the 2020 Megachurch Report

Dr. Warren Bird on How Small Groups Help Churches Grow from the 2020 Megachurch Report

January 22, 2021

Dr. Warren Bird is one of the foremost experts on megachurches and is the author of 33 books. In the 2020 Megachurch Report, small groups were at the forefront of the church's growth, service, and giving. Warren explains the implications of these findings in this episode.

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