Three Tips for Better Group Storytelling

May 29th, 2013 by Donald Smith

[Today’s post is by Donald Smith. Donald is part of Care at North Point Ministries.—Ed.]

It can be challenging to create a comfortable environment for telling stories in group because some group members are eager to talk about themselves and others are reluctant. Some people over-share and others under-share. So how do you find that sweet spot where everyone can tell his or her story in a way that leads to deeper connection within the group? Read the rest of this entry »

What Should You Study Next?

May 27th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

Have you ever struggled to figure out what your group should study next? There’s no need to struggle again. We’ve added a group resources site to GroupLeaders.org. Check it out by clicking Resources in the blue ribbon at the top of this page.

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Your Idea Could Score a $25 Gift Card

May 22nd, 2013 by Reggie Sumpter

We’re exploring new names for our environment known as Theopraxis. The current name is clever, but not all that clear. If you can help us come up with a new name, not only will you get a $25 gift card but you’ll be famous!

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Mother’s Day Family Baptism

May 15th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

This is awesome . . .

Mother’s Day Family Baptism from North Point Online on Vimeo.

Daisy’s Story

May 13th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

If you want to grow spiritually, it’s important that you focus on your relationships with God, other believers, and unbelievers. These are the Three Vital Relationships.

This video provides a beautiful picture of what it looks like to invest in the lives of those outside the faith so they can experience Jesus’ love through us. I thought it would be a great way to start the week.

Don’t Let Summer Frustrate You, Part 2

May 8th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

In the first post in this series, I wrote about how it’s important to work with your group members to find the right frequency and direction for your summertime meetings. If you haven’t read it, go check it out before reading this post.

Back? Okay. Summer is a busy time of year for most people. If you don’t make accommodations, you and your group members may end up frustrated with the group’s inability to maintain traction through the summer months. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Let Summer Frustrate You, Part 1

May 6th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

This month we’re exploring the challenges of leading groups during the summertime, when life is jam-packed with holidays, vacations, and children’s activities.

During the first couple groups my wife and I led, summertime was a major source heartburn. When we sat down with our group members in May to look at our calendars and make plans, everyone was gung-ho to continue meeting and working through a study during the summer months. By the time June landed, their previous enthusiasm wasn’t reflected in their attendance. It was common for only two or three couples to be available on any given group night.

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Friday Five: Friendship, Faith, and Loss

May 3rd, 2013 by Dan Mancini

Your Friday Five this week is a collection of random stuff from around the web. Most of it touches on the topics of faith or community.

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As I mentioned in Monday’s post, we’re going to dedicate much of our blog space during the month of May to posts about leading your group during the summer months.

Summer is a tough time of year to maintain group cohesion and continue to grow relationships because everyone’s schedules kind of explode. Vacations,  holidays, sports seasons, and children with a lot more free time can make it hard for groups to continue to meet on a weekly basis. Read the rest of this entry »