Asking Great Questions

July 29th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

The New Testament records 183 questions that people asked Jesus. He gave a direct answer to three of those questions, but he asked 307 clarifying or redirecting questions in response. Our takeaway: One well-placed question is better than ten good answers.

Asking great questions is a skill every leader should work on developing over time. Read the rest of this entry »

What Are You Studying Next?

July 28th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

Summer’s end is coming up fast. Hard to believe, right? Pools will close down for the off-season, children will return to school, and Community Groups will jump back into action. Over the next few weeks, a whole lot of group leaders will ask themselves what their groups should study coming off of the long summer break.

So, here’s my question: What is your group studying next?

Use the blog, Twitter, or Facebook to let us know what resource your group is using to transition out of summer and why. You never know. Your feedback may help another leader.

Connections Has a Blog

July 24th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

This is just a quick post to let you know about a great new resource out there for you. If you’ve spent any amount of time on this blog, you already know that is a great place to find new resources for your group.

Well, Connections has a blog now too. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Gauges for Monitoring Group Health

July 22nd, 2015 by Dan Mancini

One of your unique roles as a leader is to keep an eye on whether the group is helping each of its members grow in their relationships with Jesus. But how do you do that? A great practical way to gauge the health of your group is to regularly ask: How are we growing in the Three Vital Relationships? Read the rest of this entry »

We’re always getting requests for one-night group discussion options. As a group leader myself, I understand. Holidays, vacations, and group socials can create awkward spots in your schedule where you just need to find something . . . anything . . . to do with your group on a single night in order to bridge the gap between off-nights and your next big study. Read the rest of this entry »

Bottom of the Ninth

July 8th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

Have you ever felt behind? Have you ever felt like giving up?

Sometimes in the bottom of the ninth, the odds are stacked against you and a win feels impossible. The good news is the game isn’t over. You might be down, but you’re not out.

Join us this Sunday at one of our Atlanta-area churches or online as we begin a new series: Bottom of the Ninth.

And, hey, while we’re on the subject of baseball, I have a question for you:

What is your all-time favorite baseball movie?

Let us know in the comments, on our Facebook page (like us if you haven’t already), or on Twitter (@grpldrs).

Happy Fourth!

July 4th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

Happy Independence Day. I hope you’re able to enjoy the day with family and friends.

Thanks for all you do to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus.

Using Story Cards in Your Group

July 3rd, 2015 by Dan Mancini

How do you get a group of people to start talking and start being real?

We’ve developed Story Cards as a visual way to encourage people to share about their lives and spiritual journeys. You’ll be surprised by how using photographs as a storytelling tool can draw your group into deeper reflection and more meaningful conversations.

You can use Story Cards at the beginning of a group to help people get to know one another. But they’re also great for groups that have been together for a while. Because of the way they encourage people to go deep, group members may open up in surprising ways even if they know one another well.

Story Cards are available at

Empathy Vs. Sympathy

July 1st, 2015 by Dan Mancini

When something is wrong, is your first instinct to say, “Well, at least . . .”? Check out this short video featuring author and research professor Brené Brown.