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Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

5 Questions to ask before Your Fall Campaign

5 Questions to ask before Your Fall Campaign

After directing Sermon based Small Group campaigns for many years I have discovered there are foundational questions we need to answer each year.   This may be your first campaign or tenth, either way, here are some foundational questions you need to answer for each campaign. 1.   What is the goal (hope to accomplish) of conducting this campaign?  It happened a few years ago in our evaluation meeting of the 6-week campaign.  As we sat in staff meeting discussing the campaign no one had any excitement about what had just consumed hours and weeks of our energy.  There was not a clear answer as to what we accomplished in the campaign.  Then someone asked: “What was our goal for this campaign?”  No one had an answer. As Zig Ziglar said ““If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” 2. What is success for the Small Group Leader?  Is it to baptize a member of the group; grow the group larger than any other small group;  enter...

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

I am a Small Group Leader: Seasons

I am a Small Group Leader: Seasons

My wife and I started our group 4 years ago. We had lots of expectations and hope that God would speak through us and use us to his glory. We started with 4 family’s and lots of kids. Lots!!! As seasons changed so did the group. One family left and we picked up 2 more. Through more seasons, I wondered what God was doing and if this group was the right fit and if we were growing spiritually. Next thing I know we added another entire group. That made 6 family’s including us in our group. It was crazy. Two of the families were from California. It just so happens that my oldest daughter lives in California and that helped open some doors for conversion and broke down some barriers. Another year went by and a new season for our group.  One family moved back to California and we were down to 5 couples. That’s about the time the doors flow wide open. We were able to do life...

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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 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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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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