3 Ways to Cultivate Authenticity

April 30th, 2014 by Kelli Spivey

In a healthy Community Group, the members are growing in their relationship with God and with each other. It can be difficult for leaders to maintain a balance between discussing the substance of a study and group members sharing their hearts. It can also be difficult to navigate general updates on everyone’s lives while leading the group toward vulnerability with one another.

So, how do you cultivate authenticity in your group? Read the rest of this entry »

Resources for Leading in the Summer Months

April 25th, 2014 by Dan Mancini

Summer is almost here again. We’re all looking forward to warmer weather, but let’s face it, leading a small group during the summertime can be tough. People are distracted by vacations, holidays, summer sports, and kids free from school. Besides, the summer months just feel less structured to most of us — children and adults alike — so it’s harder to motivate people to focus on group. Read the rest of this entry »

Ask the Second Question

April 23rd, 2014 by Kristin Fry

You have permission to ask the second question. What do I mean by that? What is the second question? It’s the follow-up. Read the rest of this entry »

Good Friday Observation

April 18th, 2014 by Dan Mancini

We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.

Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!
Romans 5:7–11 (The Message) Read the rest of this entry »

3 Steps to Leading Individuals

April 3rd, 2014 by Kelli Spivey

Leading a group of 10 to 12 individuals can be tough because each person has different needs. Although everyone in the group shares the same goal—to grow in their relationship with Jesus—each person’s best next step in pursuing that goal is often different.

So, how do you lead individuals while also making sure the whole group is headed in the right direction? Here are three things to keep an eye on: Read the rest of this entry »