Wish You Were Here: Three Things

June 29th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

As our summer series, Wish You Were Here, comes to a close, think about an area of your life in which there’s a gap between where you are and where you want to be. Then do you a little homework . . . .


Using Starting Point In Your Group

June 26th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

Everything has a starting point — your life, your relationships, your education, your career. Sometimes we forget that faith has a starting point as well. Starting Point is an 8-session small group conversation about faith. Whether you’re new to faith, curious about God, or coming back to church after some time away, it’s a place where your opinions and beliefs are valued and no question is off limits. Read the rest of this entry »

Landing: The Last Four Months of Your Group

June 24th, 2015 by Bryan Apinis

The immediate goal of every group is to create an environment where people can grow spiritually. But every group has a broader goal too: making space for other people to enter into community. As people grow, it’s important that they have the opportunity to influence others. That can’t happen if a group stays closed off.

Multiplying your group isn’t always easy, but it’s important. The trick is ending your group well, so everyone carries positive experiences and momentum into future groups. Read the rest of this entry »

What Do You Do to End Well?

June 22nd, 2015 by Dan Mancini

Ending your group well is one of the most difficult parts of leadership. That’s because it’s one of the most important Leader Essentials, but it doesn’t feel urgent until the eleventh hour. And if you wait to address it until it feels urgent, it’s probably too late to actually end your group well. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Social Community Group Question Cards

June 19th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

Let’s face it, leading a group during the summertime can be tough. People are distracted by vacations, holidays, summer sports, and kids free from school. And the summer months just feel less structured to most of us so it’s harder to motivate people to focus on group.

A new resource at goconnections.org can help . . . and it’s free. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Leadership Lessons from Andy

June 18th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

I thought you might be interested to know that Andy Stanley recently spoke at Leadercast Live in Atlanta. Rejuvenate Meetings published “4 Lessons on Leadership From Andy Stanley,” a blog post with a rundown of their takeaways from his talk. Here’s the intro:

Because the theme of the event was “The Brave Ones,” Stanley explained to the 5,000 people in the room and the 100,000 people tuning in what brave leadership looks like. Read the rest of this entry »

Flight: The Middle Months of Your Group

June 17th, 2015 by Bryan Apinis

Intentionality is a key ingredient of great leadership. That means leading your group toward a destination, and making sure your conversations have a purpose.

In my previous post, I wrote about how to be intentional as you begin a new group. But the middle months of your group—the longest part of the life-cycle for most groups—are when it’s easiest to slip into auto-pilot. Read the rest of this entry »

Recommend a Study

June 15th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve focused on making you aware of resources you can use to make the most of your group meetings. But we want to hear from you too.

Head over to our Facebook page and use the comments there to let us (and, more importantly, other leaders) know:

  1. What’s one of the best studies/books/resources you’ve used with your group?
  2. What made it so great?

(While you’re on our Facebook page, like it if you haven’t already.)

Using Renovate in Your Group

June 12th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

The question that leaders most frequently ask their Groups Directors is, “What should my group study next?” That’s why we created the Resources section here at groupleaders.org. Read the rest of this entry »

Spiritual Growth: Out of Stock

June 11th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

On May 20, I posted about how the Short-Term Groups study, Spiritual Growth, is now available for Community Groups through the Connections web store. Well, the study is currently sold out.

We didn’t anticipate that we’d go through our inventory so quickly. We’re working on ordering a new print run (along with some minor design changes). I’ll let you know when the study is back on our shelves.