9 to 12 Month Men's Groups
The following studies (displayed by topic) are suggested for a 9-12 month Men's Community Groups. You'll find tips and suggestions for leading your 9-12 month group following the curriculum suggestions.
Recommended Resources By Category
FIRST 4 WEEKS
ho am I?/Identity
- (7) Questions That Rattle in the Minds of Most Men by John Woodall (7 Sessions)
- Game Plan by Andy Stanley & Jeff Henderson (6 Sessions)
- Renovate by North Point Ministries (8 Sessions)
Dating/Marriage by Andy Stanley (4 Sessions)
- For Men Only by Shaunti & Jeff Feldhahn (8 Sessions)
- The New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating by Andy Stanley (4 Sessions)
- The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller (6 Sessions - select chapters)
Books of the Bible
These free PDF resources developed by North Point Ministries will help you facilitate practical, topic-based discussions about the Bible in your group.
- SOURCE: Abraham (6 Sessions)
- SOURCE: Galatians (6 Sessions)
- SOURCE: James (5 Sessions)
- SOURCE: Jonah & Nahum (6 Sessions)
- SOURCE: Mission (Acts 13–28) (6 Sessions)
- SOURCE: Ruth & Esther (5 Sessions)
- Follow by Andy Stanley (8 Sessions)
- Forgotten God by Francis Chan (7 Sessions)
- The Prodigal God by Tim Keller (6 Sessions)
- Address the Mess by Andy Stanley (5 Sessions)
- Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley (8 Sessions)
- Being God's Man Series by Stephen Arterburn, Kenny Luck, Todd Wendorff
In between studies? Select one of our one-week studies as a way to engage with your group on important topics like giving, serving, and investing in those who don’t know Christ as well as to understand each other’s personalities, spiritual gifts, or spiritual pathways.
Sharing Your Faith
The following leadership suggestions will help you in leading your 9-12 month group.
- Start your time together with Community: Starting Well in Your Small Group.
- Use the Leader Guide to help facilitate great meetings.
- Using the Sharing Stories Resource will help you get to know one another.
Begin with the end in mind
- Expect to meet about 24-30 times in a 12 month period.
- You’ll probably do 4-6 studies together with a few built in breaks and 1 week studies
- Identify two possible Second in Command leaders (i.e., apprentice leaders) within the group during the first three months. To determine those with the potential for leadership, ask yourself questions like: Who is growing in their faith? Who is consistent? Who is prepared? Who is authentic and willing to share? Who is encouraging to others?
Let everyone have a voice
- There are several different opportunities to empower group members to own the group. You can create your own. The encouragement is to be thinking of who can own these as you group begins to take shape, examples are:Timekeeper (gathers the group to begin, reels group in if off topic) Service Champion (organizes the service opportunities for group) Event Guy (organizes group dinners, group overnight) Prayer Requests (writes down prayer requests and emails them to everyone as a reminder to pray)
General study tips
- Pick a study that can be completed in six weeks or less.
- Talk with your group about their preference for reading, homework, videos, or other group formats.
- Try a study of the Bible at least once during the life of your group.
- If a study is dragging on, not connecting, or the homework is too much - consider quitting early and starting something else.
Budget your group’s time
- Take the last week of the month off to maintain momentum in your group.
- Encourage people to connect outside of group during the week or met at Sunday service.
- Serve together at least every six months.
The one-year group track curriculum considerations
- Ask yourself: “Considering what I know about my group members’ stories, what will help them grow spiritually?”
- Invite your group to vote on what topic they’d like to study. If there is a clear first and second place, do those studies back-to-back to maximize time.
- Do a “felt need” topic early on (based on their stories and feedback from your group), and then move into other topics group members may not perceive to be felt needs.
- Your group may decide to continue on for another 6-12 month period.
- Identifying an apprentice helps ensure community continues and leadership is multiplied when your group ends.
- Before your group ends, take a night to reflect on how you have seen God grow in the lives of your group members. Have group members share their personal highlights from the group.
- Consider everyone in the group doing a personality assessment early on to gain understanding of the group dynamic (strengths, weaknesses, tendencies) and have fun with it one week by sharing insights everyone learned and what was affirmed about themselves: https://www.16personalities.com
- Consider doing the 3-pronged video assessment from the Growth Theopraxis: Color Personality Assessment, Spritual Gifts and Spiritual Pathways assessments: http://groupleaders.org/more_growth/