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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Kingdom, Small Group Resources |

5 Things a SG Leader Needs to Know

5 Things a SG Leader Needs to Know

There are several obvious ‘givens’ when becoming a SG leader: be a Christ follower, lead Bible study, host a meeting often, be nice, pray, …but what about the “Wow, I never thought about that” practical things we need to know.  Here are five which we feel need to constantly be communicated to help keep the Small Group alive and  focused: 1. What is success?  We talk often about the three objectives of our small group ministry: Care, Community and Foundational Bible study.  Small Groups at Lifepoint are the place to be cared for and care for others.  This is the place we can get to know each other and build a feeling of community where we can grow to be transparent and accountable. These help make the foundational Bible study more personal and teachable. 2. What am I doing?  You are a disciple who is making disciples.  To help you in that we have developed a Christ Centered Journey map which shows the stages of a person’s spiritual walk...

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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

On My Way to San Francisco #C4TK

On My Way to San Francisco #C4TK

At the time of this writing I am headed to San Francisco International Airport to be a part of our latest Code for the Kingdom weekend hackathon.  At 6 PM this evening, over 200 coders and developers will descend upon the second floor of NestGSV in Redwood City to spend the next 48 hours hacking away at new tech solutions to real world Kingdom challenges.  If you’d like to track with the event through social media, follow the hashtag #C4TK. Here’s a bit about the theme for this event: How can technology help alleviate and eradicate all forms of injustices, teach about God’s unconditional love, and build a healthier and stronger society? This May, we want to develop new technologies to transform lives through a holistic Christian approach that combats social injustice, creates a culture of generosity, facilitates spiritual justice and unleashes the fullest capacity of each individual. I’ll post an update after the event.  If you’d like to catch up on what’s been going on with Leadership Network’s...

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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Blog, Life |

While Social Media Was Sleeping

While Social Media Was Sleeping

Well, I must say I am surprised that my return to social media has been much slower than I anticipated.  Our 40-day tech fast for Lent this year turned into a 13 week hiatus from blogging.  I have picked back up activity on Twitter, though mainly related to my work at Leadership Network.  I’ve been reticent to spend much time and energy on Facebook post-Easter (I’ll share a few reasons for that later).  It will be interesting to see how my social habits and patterns shake out in the months ahead.  All in all, its been…refreshing. A few milestones, both personal and professional, were crossed during my time off.  In no particular order: I completed my first 90 days of CrossFit at CrossFit Boom. Our Rapid Growth Leadership Community came to a close. The What’s Next Leadership Community convened in San Diego. Baseball season started (again). We launched our first Social Media and Communications InnovationLab. Basketball season ended, giving way to soccer. We wrapped up our first Multisite Artist...

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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

Epiphany: Progressions of SG Leaders

Epiphany: Progressions of SG Leaders

As we continue to learn about small groups (SG) and discipleship we continue to make new discoveries.  Here is a recent learning about the progression of SG Leaders: HOSTs: This model worked great for us when we were trying to start as many community groups as possible via a church-wide campaigns.   We realized we needed to help hundreds of adults get connected as soon as possible.  The Grouplink connect event was well attended with 87% of new groups continuing after the campaign.  However, we quickly realized that it would take a lot of training and development to get HOSTs to the leadership level our church expected.  This model launched us into several groups as we began a SG Ministry.  Today many of those groups which started from a HOST led group are still doing life together  . Facilitator: Once the HOSTs had some experience under their belt (6 months plus) they began to operate in the Facilitator model.  They knew enough to allow others to talk and guide the...

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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

I am a Small Group Leader: Leading

I am a Small Group Leader: Leading

This month’s guest blogger, Milt, has been a leader at our church for several years.  We have been emphasizing the shepherding role of leadership in recent months.  You could replace “leader” with “shepherd” in most places in this blog and gain the realization of what LifePoint Small Groups are about.  As you read this listen to the heart of this shepherd and realize the bigger purpose about which he feels strongly. All of us are leaders, every single one of us lead someone.  It may be in our workplace, it may be at home, it may be at church; but all of us have leadership responsibilities and burdens.  It’s not “Are we a leader?” The question is “What kind of leader are we?”   Think of what that means; someone’s direction in some area of their life is being impacted by you!  Your family, your friends, your co-workers, Do you really want that burden?  How heavy is that?  Whether you want it or not, it’s reality. At the end...

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