If Jesus told us to expect grief and loss, why is it so difficult when we find ourselves grieving? Why do we have such a hard time comforting others when they are grieving?
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.
Don't forget to connect socially with your group and have some fun. To help you out, we've created this Christmas Would You Rather? icebreaker game.
If you're intentional about it, December can be one of the best times of the year to build relationships in your group.
It's nearly Be Rich time once again! Our annual giving and serving campaign, launches November 5. As part of the campaign, we want to help you prepare to Serve Together with your small group.
Moving toward the holidays while carrying the weight of loss can prompt feelings of depression, despair, or numb emotions — the opposite of what our society and culture expects of us.
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.
We've created a number of one-session studies and activities. They're short, but they're not throwaways. In fact, they can set the tone for future studies by helping you connect more deeply while learning important stuff about yourselves and one another.
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.
Teachable leaders are aware of their own room for growth. That awareness makes them better equipped to help others grow.
Practicing curiosity is simple, but it takes practice. All you have to do is spend more time asking questions than you do offering your opinion or perspective.
Being intentional just means making sure the group is more than a series of random interactions between its members. No one is happy in a random group because no one grows or feels challenged.
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.
A common concern among group leaders is that prayer time at the end of group meeting can feel shallow, stale, or awkward.
For most groups, it's not too early to begin sharing responsibilities during the four-week starter period. Doing so is a great way to give your group members a sense of ownership of the group.
Social time happens at the beginning of every group meeting, usually for 15-30 minutes.The goal is to create an informal environment where group members can unwind, connect, and laugh.