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Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

Intentional: Cookout with Neighbors

Intentional: Cookout with Neighbors

How can I be intentional about building deeper relationships with friends this summer?  The flowers are all in bloom, the allergy season has passed, the temperature rises and grilling out seems to be the natural thing to do.  This summer why not be intentional about building relationships with friends and neighbors.  I’m not talking about trying to build more relationships with new people.  Focus on the social circles your already run in…teams, neighbors, friends, co-workers, etc.  Take one night a week or a couple of nights a month this summer and invite some friends over and use that deck, patio, pool, swing that you worked so hard to get. Here’s three thoughts on being intentional: 1. Invites: who should you invite?  I would start with a group of people who are my friends but may not know each other.  Invite four or five couples and ask each one to bring their favorite dessert and drink.  You can provide the main course to grill along chips or veggies. 2. Gas,...

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Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

3 Steps to a Neighborhood Block Party

3 Steps to a Neighborhood Block Party

Each Summer Lifepoint Church encourages families to intentionally invest in their neighborhoods.  Sometimes this is walking the streets, lending a hand, borrowing tools, or cooking out together.  At least once a summer we help them throw Block Parties for fun and relationship building.  Here are three steps we encourage people to take to have a great experience. 1. Develop a team, don’t do this alone!  Several reasons this is #1: it sounds overwhelming to take on such a party by yourself so we eliminate that right up front.  Talk with a couple of other families (from your church or not) and develop a team to manage the party.   Why? Because -You will need families in charge of various items below. -You will encourager more people to attend by including more people in the planning.  -You will still have energy to get out of bed the day after the party. 2. inflatables, donuts eating contest, music, etc:  this is where the creative minds on the team really get excited.  For...

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

I Am A Small Group Leader: Family

I Am A Small Group Leader: Family

Once a month I will have a guest blogger, one of LifePoint’s Small Group Leaders (Shepherds) share their story in hopes of encouraging and inspiring you.  This month’s story is from Peyton & Elizabeth, a couple who were new to our area but quickly discovered the value of a Small Group Family. “When we joined our first small group, we were new to the area and knew no one. While we wanted to learn and grow closer to God, we really wanted to meet new friends. We were those very selfish, self-centered small group members for a year or so. We showed up when we wanted and when it was convenient for us. After about two years, God, through Eddie, pushed us out to start our own group. This was totally new ground and territory for us. Not only would this require a new level of commitment, we didn’t feel equipped shepherd people closer to God. Through much prayer and study, we made it through and have since been...

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Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

Key Word for Summer: Intentional

Key Word for Summer: Intentional

Think about the many social circles you run in: family, work, sports, hobbies and community. Are you intentional about listening? Are you intentional about sprinkling your conversations with spiritual language? Are you intentional about discovering where people are in their relationship with Christ? This summer I plan to be intentional about all three of these questions. Over the last few years I have slowed down in what I try to accomplish in a meeting, a day, a community project, and at home. Not because I am getting older. Nor is it because I want to be lazy. It is so I can be intentional, so I can listen and share more about life and eternity. This was a hard lesson learned while on a mission trip to southern Mexico. We were there to install wood cook-stoves in Mayan Village huts. We were told there were 50 stoves in the warehouse, so I took that as our goal for the week (silly American). After watching the missionary install two stoves,...

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Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Small Group Resources |

3 Reasons Sermon Series Matter!

3 Reasons Sermon Series Matter!

Through out my tenure as GroupLife Pastor at Lifepoint Church we have continually had spring and fall sermon series campaigns (February – March; August- September).  This started in 2003 with Purpose Driven Life.  Each campaign brought the opportunity to start new small groups which opens up many opportunities for people to connect to a small group.  Before each campaign we conduct some form of GroupLink . (See Grouplink Again! and Grouplink @ Lifepoint ) As I personally meet with every small group leader in our Sunday morning Huddles this spring (see “My new practice to Disciple leaders“) I am learning a lot.  As leaders  share about their small groups a couple of common themes are surfacing: -The 3-year mark: This is a stat that may not be limited to Lifepoint.  In the last 8 years we have discovered if a small group does not take on a high-level, ongoing service or add/send out people, then they will begin to implode.  So we have began to take action by discussion...

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