Why Group Leaders Quit

January 26th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

We’ve written about leader burnout before on this blog (see here, here, and here). It’s an important topic because everyone’s leadership journey includes periods of exhaustion and that nagging question: “Is all my effort making any difference whatsoever in the lives of my group members?” As leaders, we all hit the wall at some point. I know I have. Read the rest of this entry »

On Daisies and God’s Creativity

January 25th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

I’ve always liked this quote from G.K. Chesterton. It’s more poetic than theological, but I like how it points to God’s boundless, playful creativity. Read the rest of this entry »

Brandon & Ashley’s Story

January 18th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

This is why community matters. This is why we do groups.

Are you looking to start a new group or add members to an existing group? GroupLink is just around the corner. For more information or to register for a GroupLink event, visit grouplink.org.

What Makes a Good Life?

January 13th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

It’s always fascinating when a massive Harvard research project confirms what the Bible has been saying for millennia. This Ted Talk is well worth 13 minutes of your time.

Why is it we’re so tempted to chase money and achievement, when there’s so much evidence those things don’t make us happy?

What practical things can you do to lean more into the important relationships in your life?

Looking for This Week’s Discussion Questions?

January 11th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

We’re still experiencing some technical difficulties with the messages pages on our church web sites. Sorry again for the inconvenience. We’re working to resolve the problem.

In the meantime, you can get the questions for Andy’s message by using this link:

Avoiding Election Infection Discussion Questions

I hope you have a great conversation with your group this week. This is a challenging subject, but it represents a huge opportunity to show the world how the church can be diverse and united.

Whether it’s a lull between studies or an odd week before a planned social, we all run into those group nights when we need a simple plug-and-play option. Well, we have a great new one-night resource for Married Groups.

It’s called The Marriage Dashboard. And it’s free! Read the rest of this entry »

“What Is It?” Grows Trust

January 6th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

We talk all the time in groups about how the key ingredient of personal spiritual growth is trust in God. That sounds simple, right? But actually trusting is hard. It’s counterintuitive. It feels dangerous. That’s because trusting God requires us to acknowledge that he’s not going to submit to our agendas. He’s not necessarily going to do what we want or expect. Read the rest of this entry »

This Week’s Discussion Questions

January 4th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

Did you catch This Is My Year . . . I Promise, Jeff Henderson’s message on Sunday? What a great way to kick off the New Year, right?

If you were planning to lead your group through a discussion of the message, you may have noticed there are no questions ¬†on your church web site. The bad news: we’re experiencing a minor technical problem. The good news: the questions do exist.

We should have the web site problem ironed out shortly. In the meantime, you can get the questions using this link:

This Is My Year . . . I Promise Discussion Questions

Sorry for any inconvenience. I hope you have a great conversation with your group this week, and that you take Jeff’s advice to live out the fruit of the Spirit.

Upping Your Leader Game in the New Year

January 4th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

Are you looking to grow as a leader in 2016? Do you plan to be more intentional? Do you want to grow in curiosity and humility? Do you want to become more teachable?

There are all sorts of resources you can turn to (including this blog), but a great place to start is 12 Often Overlooked Practices Great Leaders Develop That Poor Leaders Don’t, one of the most popular posts last year from Carey Nieuwhof’s blog. Read the rest of this entry »