“What are we going study?” is always a question that Small Group leaders wrestle with once–or in our case many–times a year.
In a previous post, we uncovered what real fellowship looks like. But what are a few easy tools that we can use in the group to bring about this real fellowship?
Community. Vulnerability. Real-ness. Living life together. As group leaders, we all want these things – even if they’re hard to define.
22 Scripture Verses…9 Songs…8 Books…2 Videos…
During our recent Small Group Leader Equip Night, we featured the topic: “Is My Small Group Friends?”
It’s remarkable that your Small Group can actually affect the nations! In a lot more ways than it could have, say, one hundred years ago.
But first, why affect the nations? God’s plan from the beginning of His choosing Abraham was to bless all nations through him…
Humility is the virtue that sustains a relationship. Pride is the disease that erodes every facet of it.
Every one of us gets discouraged from time to time. Some of us get discouraged often… How can we help each other fight discouragement as brothers and sisters in Christ?
Anxious, uncertain, waiting: all of us have been there, but fortunately we have a God who meets us and provides every time. I didn’t expect God would provide for me by calling me to serve at a place that was once coined the attractive name “the swamp.”
The Gospel Coalition held their 2019 conference here in Indianapolis, and it was a privilege to attend. Below are my 6 takeaways from the conference
I’m better at evangelism than I was in college. But it’s still really hard. And I’d guess it’s hard for you and the members of your Small Group as well. So, how can we help our groups—and ourselves—grow in giving the gospel to our dying world?
Our phones can be one of the best ways to connect with the people that we care about. Below are four types of text messages that you could send to others in your group to build your relationships outside of the regular gathering time.
We all want to know those in our Small Group better. Here are sixty-three questions that we can ask to “dig deeper” into the lives of our fellow group members. The higher the number, the deeper the question.
Some people may have the vision of Small Group to simply meet every two weeks and not actually find out what’s going on in each other’s lives beyond the gathering. But that’s not a biblical approach. The body of believers in the New Testament church were active in coming alongside and speaking the truth in love to one another, and we are to be no different.
The idea of multiplying your Small Group might be a new or strange idea to you. So what exactly is “multiplication” and why should a Small Group do it?
People are messy; community is messy. Community within a Small Group is a beautiful place to find hope with other believers, but it can also be a difficult place to enter with the fear of being known by others. These are three personal takeaways that I have learned from being a member in a Small Group and how it has benefited my own walk with God.
“Living Life Together” is one of the three essentials of College Park Small Groups, and it represents the practical ways that we should experience true community in our Small Groups. Let’s explore what this essential doesn’t mean before looking at what it means.
Being “intentionally invasive” means connecting at a heart level with others. We want to come alongside each other in struggles: whether the core of the struggle is sin or suffering.
Opening up your group to new people can feel scary, but it takes a lot of courage to join a new group. The new person is probably more nervous than you are! Here are a few tips for a smooth transition.
We’ve all committed to things that we shortly after wish we hadn’t. Sometimes we have good reasons, and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes leaders can feel the pull to bail on their group. How do you know when your impulse to bail is really a good idea? Three questions will help you decide.
Children are a blessing from the Lord. But sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do with them when Small Group night rolls around. There is not one golden solution for how to take care of kids during your Small Group gathering, but there are a number of options that you can consider for your group.
“Why is it that this person just doesn’t show up?” As leaders, it’s discouraging when men and women don’t show up. How can we remedy this? Part of the answer is by setting clear expectations for your group and following through with them.
When someone stops attending Small Group, what do you do? Do you have any responsibility to chase after them? Or should you just let them go?
How many times have we used Christian phrases or words with the expectation that our listener knows exactly what we mean? Perhaps the Small Group essential of a “Christ-Centered Focus on the Word” sounds like this sort of “Christianese.” Instead of a throwaway term, this essential is the backbone of Small Group culture, and it should also be the backbone of our lives as believers.
Small Groups are where a person finds hope together with other believers. But perhaps the biggest obstacle to finding this hope together with others is feeling like you don’t belong.