What’s Your Story?

September 24th, 2014 by Dan Mancini

If you started a new group at GroupLink in August, you’ve probably reached the point in the Community: Starting Well in Your Small Group study at which you’re beginning to share your stories. The idea of telling your poersonal story to the other members of your group may seem a little uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to be a big production. The goal isn’t to entertain. The goal isn’t to be highly dramatic or comprehensive. It’s to give the other people in your group a sense of what makes you uniquely you.

But what parts of your story should you tell? Read the rest of this entry »

The Group’s Role in Spiritual Growth

September 22nd, 2014 by Dan Mancini

As we explored in the last post, spiritual growth is the responsibility of the individual and God. That means faith is personal, but it doesn’t mean faith is private. That distinction is important because spiritual growth doesn’t happen in isolation. It happens within the context of community. Relationships are the laboratory in which we’re able to apply the truth we discover at church on Sunday mornings or during our times alone with God. And it’s the application, not the information, that transforms us. Read the rest of this entry »

The Individual’s Role in Spiritual Growth

September 10th, 2014 by Dan Mancini

In last week’s post, “The Group Leader’s Role in Spiritual Growth”, I wrote that leaders aren’t responsible for growing people spiritually. They’re responsible for supporting spiritual growth by cultivating relationships within the group, promoting participation in the group, and celebrating change as it happens in individuals.

If individuals are responsible for their own spiritual growth, there are three things they can do to maximize their own growth during the life of a group. Read the rest of this entry »

The Group Leader’s Role in Spiritual Growth

September 4th, 2014 by Dan Mancini

Most group leaders feel a tremendous amount of pressure to ensure the members of their group make dramatic progress on their spiritual journeys during the life of the group. They set specific spiritual goals for each group member and try to orchestrate studies, discussions, and service projects to drive towards those goals.

These leaders are constantly on the lookout for evidence of radical transformation among their group members. And when they don’t see it, they feel like failures. Have you ever experienced this? I know I have. Here’s the good news: if your group isn’t generating jaw-dropping stories of amazing life-change, it’s probably not a result of a leadership failure but your own misunderstanding of the leader’s role in group members’ spiritual growth. Read the rest of this entry »