It’s Time to Create Community

August 17th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

Is it time for your group to multiply? Is it time for you to start a new group? Is it time for you to step back into group leadership? If so, GroupLink is right around the corner.

Check out grouplink.org for more information, and to find out when GroupLink is happening at your church.

New Resource: Bad Blood

May 9th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

There’s a new group resource I want to make you to know about. Clay Scroggins’s Bad Blood series is now available as a Groups-enabled DVD study with a participant’s guide. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Tips for Picking a Group Study

March 10th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

Are you currently asking, “What should my group study next?” There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to that question, but check out groupresources.org by clicking the Resources link at the top of this page. But how do you actually choose what’s right for your group?

Here are three practical tips for picking a study:

  1. Limit a study to 6 parts or fewer.
    When studies goes on longer than that, they tend to drag. The goal is never to finish or do every part of a study. It’s to dig into the areas that challenge you and your group members to grow. Don’t feel pressure to answer every question at each group meeting. Pick the ones that resonate with you or that will challenge you and your group members to apply what you’re learning. Limiting a study to 6 parts doesn’t mean you have to choose studies that are 6 parts or fewer. So if a study has more than 6 chapters, figure out a way to limit it to 6 weeks. Either read 2 chapters each week or pick the 6 chapters that are most helpful in terms of personal application. As the group’s leader, you’ll need to work through the materials ahead of time so you can figure out which parts of the study will most benefit your group.
  2. Don’t stick with a weak study.
    You can decide to quit a study you’ve started if it’s just not generating good conversation or leading you toward practical application. Don’t stick with a study just because you feel like that’s what you’re supposed to do. If  there’s broad agreement in your group that a particular study isn’t working out, move on to something else.
  3. Select studies that help your group grow in the Three Vital Relationships.
    People who are growing spiritually are growing in their Intimacy with God, Community with Insiders, and Influence with Outsiders. It’s always a great idea to look for studies that will strengthen your group in one of these three areas. As the leader, you’re in the best position to assess which of the three vital relationships your group most needs to focus on at a given point in the life of the group. Maybe you want to work through a curriculum that will enhance your relationship with God, or read a book that builds community with other believers, or watch a DVD that challenges you to reach out to those outside the faith. In the course of a year, you should be able to hit each of the Three Vital Relationships.

Check out groupresources.org to find a study for your group. Nearly everything on that site meets the guidelines above.

If you formed a new group at the January GroupLink, you’re probably getting near the end of your first study, Community: Starting Well in Your Small Group. That means you’re probably asking, “What should my group study next?” There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to that question, but we have a resource to help you find a study that meets the needs of your group.

Check out groupresources.org by clicking the Resources link at the top of this page. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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.

Leading a Women’s Group? Check Out Comparison Trap

December 18th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

If you’re leading a women’s group, you might want to check out Comparison Trap. It’s a four-week, video-based study featuring Sandra Stanley. Read the rest of this entry »

The Be Rich Results Are In . . .

November 30th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

In case you missed Sunday services, here’s the Be Rich celebration video. Thanks for all you and your group members do to support our communities.

New Resource: Big Church

August 28th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

A brand new group study based on Andy Stanley’s 2011 series, Big Church, is now available at Connections. Read the rest of this entry »

Spiritual Growth: Back in Stock

August 17th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

This is just a quick resource update. Back in June, I let you know that we’d run out of stock of the Spiritual Growth curriculum. It’s available again at goconnections.org.

That is all.