It’s Time to Create Community
Is it time for your group to multiply? Is it time for you to start a new group? Is it time for you to step back into group leadership? If so, GroupLink is right around the corner.
Check out grouplink.org for more information, and to find out when GroupLink is happening at your church.
Why End Your Group?
August GroupLink is just around the corner. That means you may be coming to the end of your one- to two-year group cycle. It may be time to multiply. Does that freak you out a little? Does it make you wonder why we make a big fuss over ending groups. Why is it important? Why not just stay together, right?
Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!
1 Corinthians 9:24
Have you ever felt stagnant as a group leader? Have you ever felt like you’re not getting anywhere? Have you ever begun to wonder why you’re leading groups at all?
Wrestling with God
Since I was a kid, I’ve found a passage in Genesis 32 weird and confusing. You know the one I’m talking about: when Jacob wrestles God:
24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”
But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
New Resource: Bad Blood
There’s a new group resource I want to make you to know about. Clay Scroggins’s Bad Blood series is now available as a Groups-enabled DVD study with a participant’s guide.
Using Story Cards When Your Group Isn’t New
How do you get a group of people to start talking and start being real?
We’ve developed Story Cards as a way to help people share about their lives and spiritual journeys. You’ll be surprised how using photographs as a storytelling tool can draw your group into deeper reflection and more meaningful conversations.
You may already have a pack of Story Cards that you were either given at GroupLink or a leader development event or that you bought from Connections. If so, you probably think of them as a tool to use when your group is brand new. It’s true they’re a great way to get people to begin to connect with one another.
Three Tips for Picking a Group Study
Excellent tips. I wish I would have been reminded of this in January of this year... Our group had a… ...Jordan Sandy
Are you currently asking, “What should my group study next?” There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to that question, but check out groupresources.org by clicking the Resources link at the top of this page. But how do you actually choose what’s right for your group?
Here are three practical tips for picking a study:
- Limit a study to 6 parts or fewer.
When studies goes on longer than that, they tend to drag. The goal is never to finish or do every part of a study. It’s to dig into the areas that challenge you and your group members to grow. Don’t feel pressure to answer every question at each group meeting.
Asking, “Now What?” Groupresources.org is Here to Help.
If you formed a new group at the January GroupLink, you’re probably getting near the end of your first study, Community: Starting Well in Your Small Group. That means you’re probably asking, “What should my group study next?” There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to that question, but we have a resource to help you find a study that meets the needs of your group.
Check out groupresources.org by clicking the Resources link at the top of this page.
Sharing Your Stories in Small Doses
Sharing your stories in the early months of a new Community Group is an essential part of group members bonding. There are lots of different ways to tell your stories in group. In this blog post, I’m going to talk about another one. It’s a unique approach with a lot of benefits.
Instead of members or couples taking 30-45 minutes to share their complete stories one at a time over a period of a few group sessions, in this method everyone takes about two minutes to share a piece of his or her story each session, across six sessions.
“To Do” or Not “To Do”
It’s important to be organized. That’s true for everyone, but especially for leaders. If you’re not organized, you can’t get things done. And if you can’t get things done, you can’t lead well. Pretty simple, right?
Understanding the basic principles of organization, and what tools work best for you based on your personality and wiring can help you increase your productivity and become the best leader you can be.