Over the years, I’ve used Story Cards in three or four small groups, at work, with family, and in Starting Point groups. And they’ve worked 100 percent of the time.
If you want to grow, why can’t you just go to a Sunday school class and learn theology? Why do you have to let other people get all up in your business?
Everything ends eventually, even groups. You can either stumble into the end of your group or you can plan for it from the beginning.
Whether you’re trying to start a new prayer habit or you just need a fresh approach to add some vitality back to your conversations with God, here are three things you can do.
If you just started a new group, it may feel like it’s too early to begin asking your group members to do some of the tasks that make group happen. It’s not.
Should Christians even acknowledge (let alone celebrate) Halloween? In some ways, it’s easy to make a case that we should avoid it entirely. After all, it has roots in evil spirits!
The bad news is, no one can make another person grow. But the good news is every individual can take charge of their own spiritual growth.
Faith is personal, but that doesn't mean faith is private. That distinction is important because spiritual growth doesn't happen in isolation.
Why did we create a new study? What's different? Here are three key differences between Community and Circle Up.
While we should look for opportunities to talk about our faith, we also need to consider something that might seem obvious: Is this person even interested in what I’m saying?
If your group isn't living jaw-dropping stories of amazing life-change, that's okay. In fact, it's normal.
Most of our spiritual growth happens through small steps of faith, so how can you recognize what’s worth celebrating?
If you don't have an apprentice, your primary goal as you end remains the same: making sure everyone in your current group has a clear next step for remaining in community.
In Circle Up, we've tried to incorporate all of the things we've learned about group life in the last five years.
Begin painting a new picture of what sharing your faith looks like. You are God’s great plan to reach the people around you.
What do you do with the parts of the Bible that don't seem to offer much in the way of practical application?
Ending your group may not go as planned (in fact, it's likely you'll be met with some surprises along the way). But you're doing a good work. Remember that.
The great thing about small group is the opportunity to create a space to encourage and celebrate each other, no matter the circumstance.