Leaders & Coaches Posts
Living in the middle of a worldwide pandemic is surfacing my fears and worries in ways that I have to address. Can you relate? What does help? Having others walk with us, pointing us toward God.
Having been a leader in different contexts over the years, I was pleasantly surprised that this coaching relationship was a core dynamic to Small Groups. If I was going to keep growing as a spiritual leader, I felt that this coaching relationship was a must!
When your Small Group can’t meet in person, you can still gather digitally by using a video conferencing app like Zoom. This article will only cover some top questions about how to use Zoom.
No one is going to deny it: this is a unique season. For most of us, this kind of threat feels utterly unusual. But God’s people are in fact very used to threats and fears—and they know exactly where to go for safety.
When we connect into God’s church, we are supposed to “grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ”. But is that actually happening in your group? Here are three questions you can ask to find out.
We’ve all been to the doctor to get a check-up on how our body is doing. But how do you run a check-up on a Small Group? Whether you are a Coach or a leader, the following nine questions should help:
We could think that involvement in a Small Group absolves us of our responsibility to fully engage on Sunday mornings. That won’t work. Sunday mornings are the primary place where God’s people gather and worship, and Small Groups allow us to dig deeper into how to apply those truths into our real lives.
While plans are good and necessary, it is God who ultimately directs your steps. Whatever your hesitations are associated with the new year, have you asked what God’s plans are for your Small Group? Here are a few suggestions to help frame your mind as you enter a new decade.
How many times have we heard a fellow member share a prayer request update and realized that we completely neglected to pray for them during the intervening week between Small Group gatherings? These four methods can help with upping our prayer priority for those in our group—even in the midst of our full schedules.
Texts and emails have become the main method of communication and prayerful encouragement with my leaders. Whenever I am thinking about the leaders that God has given me to serve, I can quickly send an encouraging text or verse them. This has been a key way to stay intentional and connected.
When my Small Group is experiencing lethargy because of non-committal members, what do I do? Do I ignore them, confront them, or just shut down the entire group? Here is one proposal for how to reset your group.
Small Group Leaders tend to be the “first responders” when it comes to helping people in our church body. Here are four keys to making sure your “first response” offers real help.
If you are in a group, chances are that you care about the other people in your group. But how can you reach past the walls of your living room into God’s world-wide mission?
“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.
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?
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 Member Covenant explains what we live together at College Park Church, and every member agrees to live it out as a part of our church family.
9Marks has written three helpful articles that help establish some of the basics regarding church membership and church discipline.
How can Small Groups encourage community with all ages in their Small Group? Consider these ten ways to help children belong in your group.
There is not always one solution for how to manage childcare. Consider seven ways to provide childcare during the Small Group gathering.
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?
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?
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.