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Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in Blog |

Coming Soon: Your Time-Starved Marriage Campaign!

Marriages form the key building blocks of our families, churches, communities and our nation.  The frantic speed of life we find ourselves trying to keep pace with takes its toll on couples young and old.  Our small groups are full of husbands and wives struggling to stay on top of their obligations while maintaining a healthy marriage. The upcoming Your Time-Starved Marriage campaign is a joint effort of the Grow Groups and Family Enrichment ministries designed to help our couples stay connected at the speed of life.  I want to invite you and your group to be a part of this potentially marriage-changing event! How Can Your Group Participate?#1 – Attend the Coffee Shop on March 6th.  An intro to the Time-Starved Marriage material will be presented at the Coffee Shop, along with very practical ideas that couples can put into practice immediately.  The Coffee Shop will provide a great set up for the small group study.  Adjust your schedule to attend first service on that morning at 8...

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Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in Blog |

Coaches: Spiritual Formation

In a recent blog post, small groups guru, Mark Howell  stated that “One of the most important trends in small group ministry is the way spiritual formation practices are being integrated into small group curriculum.”  From simple questions to experiential assignments to robust online tools, resource publishers are helping group leaders walk alongside group members as they establish spiritual formation pathways for their lives.  As a coach, you can assist leaders in encouraging growth among group members.  I believe this is critical to the mission of this ministry to “help members and guests Grow in Christ as we study, share, and serve together in deep relationships”.  Our aim is to create environments where growth, spiritual formation, can take root in the lives of our members and guests.  But sometimes this emphasis can get lost as leaders juggle the logistics of gathering a group each week.  Pray about how God can use you to help our Group leaders keep spiritual formation–changed lives–in focus this year. You can read Mark’s original...

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Posted by on Jan 11, 2011 in Blog |

Coaches: Looking at Models

With coaching being a new element in the Grow Groups Ministry, it takes some time to fully understand the role of a coach and to establish some best practices.  One of the things that can help generate ideas and learnings is to look at other small group models and how they utilize coaching or other similar leader care strategies. This morning I came across an interview on Mark Howell’s Blog with Steve Gladen, Groups guy at Saddleback Church in California (they have a LOT of small groups!).  You can pick up the conversation here. Let us know what you learned from this and the subsequent post by adding your...

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