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.
You have to be connected relationally in order to grow spiritually. But that doesn't mean all aspects of your personal relationship with your heavenly Father should be made available for public consumption.
For a deeper perspective on justice and redemption in the Bible, check out this short video by the Bible Project. It's good stuff.
Fasting is one of the most misunderstood and ignored of all of the spiritual practices. That doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try.
If spiritual growth is like a journey, then in order to get where you want to go, you need to know where you currently are.
Are you looking for a fresh way to connect relationally with God during this Christmas season? If so, try out the Prayer of Examen.
Your group is a great place to celebrate what Jesus has done in all of your lives, and to remember the sacrifice he made on your behalf.
If you and your group have been looking for a Bible study that's a little different, we've found a new resource that might meet your needs.
Pointing our prayers to our heavenly Father reminds us of the authority he has, and of a once broken relationship with him that has now been restored through the work of his Son and the power of his Spirit.
In the midst of holiday craziness, it's important to lead yourself well. That just means begin intentional about staying connected to your heavenly Father.
Make sure you don't miss out on the opportunity to connect more deeply with your heavenly Father during this time of year when his grace and faithfulness is so near to mind. Paying attention to your own relationship with God benefits you, and it benefits those you lead.
I’m certain Jesus prayed every day, but there was something about changing his schedule and location that took his prayer time to a different level.
To many people, the God of the Old Testament seems different than the God of the New Testament, even though we know he is the same God. In particular, God's punishment often doesn't fit the sin—at least by our standards.
Whether or not you normally do anything to observe Lent, this is a time of year when your group members are either more contemplate or want to be more contemplative.
The videos give great overviews of each book, and they make diving into the Bible a little less intimidating.
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?
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?
Intimacy with God
- Where is God currently stretching me?
- Are my daily actions becoming more aligned with the priorities of Scripture?
- Are my times with God consistent?
Community with Insiders
- Am I openly sharing with others what is really going on in my life?
- As difficult circumstances arise, how are group members responding to one another?
- Are we willing to challenge one another in order to pursue God's best for our lives?
Influence with Outsiders
- Who am I regularly praying for who doesn't know Christ?
- What am I doing to connect with someone in my circle of influence who doesn't know Christ?
- Does my group challenge and encourage me to invest in someone who doesn't know Christ?
Everything has a starting point — your life, your relationships, your education, your career. Sometimes we forget that faith has a starting point as well. Starting Point is an 8-session small group conversation about faith. Whether you’re new to faith, curious about God, or coming back to church after some time away, it’s a place where your opinions and beliefs are valued and no question is off limits. You may know Starting Point as an environment we've created to help people connect with their heavenly Father. What you may not know is that you can lead your Community Group through Starting Point too.
Starting Point is a great option regardless of the makeup of your group or where you are in your group's life-cycle. Whether your group has new believers, non-believers, longtime believers, or a mix of all three, this resource will help you connect with God in new ways and have deeper conversations about the spiritual assumptions we all make.
Have you ever thought it would be great if we celebrated communion more often? Communion can be a powerful time of worship, and itdoesn’t have to happen Sunday mornings or on a Night of Worship.
Your Community Group is a great place to celebrate what Jesus has done in all of your lives, and to remember the sacrifice he made on your behalf. As a tight-knit community of believers, you come together each week just like the gatherings that met in homes in the first-century church. Your meetings are times to connect, grow spiritually and relationally, and remember the depth and breadth of Jesus' love. Communion is a vital part of that remembering.
The apostle Paul wrote this in Ephesians 3:16–18:
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
That's our prayer for you and your group. So, we’d love for you to be able to experience communion together on a more regular basis. In order to help you navigate that process, we’ve prepared this Celebrating Communion in Group resource. It tells you everything you need to have and everything you need to do to celebrate communion with your group members. It also answers some frequently asked questions about celebrating communion in a small group environment.
If you have questions or need further guidance, contact your Groups Director. He or she is happy to help.