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.
You’ve volunteered to lead your small group and now you’re wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into. Am I right? Hang on . . . we’ve got you covered.
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.
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.
We all understand truth. We all understand grace. But most of us do a mediocre job of managing the tension between the two.
As you lead, make sure you stay connected with your heavenly Father. Don't let the busyness that comes with leadership push him to the periphery.
Every leader should be humble, teachable, curious, and intentional because if you lead from that posture, it creates an environment that encourages transformation in the lives of those you lead.
How do you lead from a position of influence instead of authority? That's what this video is all about.
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.
The videos give great overviews of each book, and they make diving into the Bible a little less intimidating.
Since I was a kid, I’ve found a passage in Genesis 32 weird and confusing. You know the one I’m talking about. When Jacob wrestles God.
It’s important to be organized. That’s true for everyone, but especially for leaders. If you’re not organized, you can’t get things done. And if you can’t get things done, you can’t lead well. Pretty simple, right?
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.
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.
As a leader, sometimes leading is a ministry. You pour into others even though they may not be capable of pouring into you. You may not always find community—strong, reciprocal relationships—in your group.
Using launching, clarifying, and following-up questions requires intentionality and a little practice.
The ability to ask good questions is key for any leader. Unfortunately, it doesn't come naturally for most of us. It's a skill we have to develop over time.
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?