As disciple makers, we want to focus on
ABIDING IN CHRIST, LEADING WELL, and SHEPHERDING OUR PEOPLE.
To accomplish this, we have developed 5 goals for Small Groups:
Abiding in Christ
All Small Group Leaders will have a relationship with Jesus Christ that transforms the way we live in our homes, church and world.
VALUE GOD in prayer & devotion by spending time with Him daily
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
JOHN 15:5-6 (NIV)
All Small Group Leaders will equip God’s people for service and release them to be who God created them to be.
VALUE GROUP by making Small Group time a priority each week
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
EPHESIANS 4:11-13 (NIV)
- Prepare for group by reviewing the Leadership Coaching page and praying for your group each week.
- Meet consistently; resist the urge to cancel group.
- Honor your group by starting on time.
VALUE PRESENCE by tracking attendance each week so that you know who is missing from your group
I will be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock. I will find my sheep and rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on that dark and cloudy day.
EZEKIEL 24:12 (NLT)
- Follow the link in the email sent to you each week and enter attendance.
- Plan on spending time at the Group Wall on Saturday mornings to engage with potential members as well as visit with current members.
- Call to check on those who miss a group meeting.
Shepherding Our People
All Small Group Leaders will intentionally shepherd group members to become disciples of Jesus Christ who reproduce disciples of Jesus Christ.
VALUE THE RELATIONSHIP between Leader and Apprentice by debriefing together every week
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
ECCLESIASTES 4:9-10 (ESV)
- Understanding each other’s spiritual health will allow you to be best prepared to facilitate each week.
- Spend 15-30 minutes before or after each group meeting to discuss how the group is doing. Pay close attention to what group members grasp; both positive and negative.
- Pray together for the week to come.
VALUE OTHERS by sharing shepherding responsibilities
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
ROMANS 12:4-8 (NIV)
- Share facilitating responsibility with others in the group.
- Entrust others to keep track of weekly attendance.
- Promote relationship by encouraging group members to meet with one another throughout the week.
- Find a coffee shop near you
- Remember, you are not alone.
- Listen to “I am Not Alone” by Kari Jobe
We are better together,
so let’s work together to
MULTIPLY GOD’S KINGDOM, MAKE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST AND GLORIFY GOD!
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
ROMANS 15:5-6 (NLT)