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Sunday

Summer Schedule

9:30 am Worship in the Sanctuary

Through September 7th

Junior Church for ages 4 through second grade during the service after children's moment with the pastor

Toddler care available during service

 

 

Small Group Leaders


Small Group Exchange

Visit the Small Group Exchange for good Ideas

http://www.smallgroupexchange.com/Home


Small Group

Leaders Guide

How to use “Staying Connected Through the Summer“ by SmallGroups.com in your regularly scheduled meetings.

 

We have available to us the Small Group Leaders Guide on how to stay connected through the summer. To see the guide click HERE


Top Ten Recrument Reasons

  • 10. "Turning spiritual losers into winners—since 2002."
    Len Woods, Christ Community, Ruston, LA
  • 9. "What else is there to do on a Wednesday night?"
    Jevon Brenneman, Traders Point Christian Church
  • 8. "Here's the Smith Group promise: If you don't find a new best friend in one month—we'll refund your money, no questions asked."
    Len Woods, Christ Community, Ruston, LA
  • 7. "Small Groups: Better than the Pastor's Sermon!"
    Michael Mack, NECC
  • 6. " Come single…leave married."
    Jevon Brenneman, Traders Point Christian Church
  • 5. "New small group looking for multiple personalities…"
    Len Woods, Christ Community, Ruston, LA
  • 4. "Small Groups: They keep going … and going … and going …"
    Michael Mack, NECC
  • 3. "Tired of all the small group hype? We'll shoot you straight… We have better than average Bible discussions and fairly decent snacks."
    Len Woods, Christ Community, Ruston, LA
  • 2. "Sometimes you feel like a group, sometimes you don't."
    Michael Mack, NECC
  • 1. "Because The Pastor Said So"
    Renee Newton, Crossroads Church

How to Revive a Small Group by Involving Members

How to Revive a Small Group by Involving Members

Here are six keys to group health that your members deserve to know about.

Rick Howerton  |  posted 1/05/2009 more info


Responding to conflict in small groups
by Tom Atkins

If we want to teach our small groups to respond to conflict well, we need to make the Great Commandment a foundation for group life. We need to practice loving God and loving our neighbor. It isn’t the great suggestion. It’s a key part of our witness.

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Five Keys to Effectively Lead Your Small Group by Samantha Krieger

 

You’ve been given the awesome privilege and responsibility as a small group leader to lead your group into quality discussion. However, sometimes it’s difficult to know how to craft your time together. Take a deep breath because you’re not alone! Consider these five practical keys when leading your group:

Make Prayer a Priority. A wise man once said that nothing of eternal significance is accomplished apart from prayer. Since the purpose of your small group time is to invest in eternal things, (your relationship with Christ and with others) then prayer must become a priority and discipline.

During the time you meet, spend no more than 5-10 minutes on prayer requests, and then pray with your group. In doing this, you acknowledge your dependence on Christ. Outside group time, pray for your group on a consistent basis. Pray about their requests, spiritual growth, and that they’d be kept from sin and temptation. The beautiful truth about prayer isn’t so much that it changes things, but that it changes us.

Facilitate an Open Environment for Sharing. A small group leader is a facilitator. Your leadership is the “launching pad” for creating solid discussion so it’s your job to facilitate an environment that’s conducive for sharing. Your role isn’t to lecture but to engage your group into the discussion by asking open-ended questions. Remember not to rely solely on your discussion guide or curriculum but be prepared to ask your own questions.

Strive to keep the flow of discussion running smoothly, transitioning from one topic to the next. If someone in the group strays from the topic for a long period of time, carefully facilitate him or her back to the original discussion. Becoming an excellent facilitator takes time and practice.

Reveal a Heart of Authenticity. As leaders, it can be tempting to act like we have it all together or to simply hide our struggles. The truth is if you aren’t real about your sin issues and struggles, your group will never sense the freedom to expose their weaknesses. Therefore, your group will never know each other beyond what’s on the surface and it’s guaranteed that spiritual growth will be stunted.

Communicate consistently that you’re on this spiritual journey together. Be quick to admit your faults or mistakes. When you begin to open up, even if your group may be slow or hesitant in doing so, they’ll know the security is there when they need it. Exposing an authentic heart is key to being an effective facilitator.

Be Sensitive to Time. Even though time is precious, sometimes we still take advantage of it. When you’re time sensitive, you prove that you’re responsible and care about the outside lives of your group. Setting up time boundaries from the get go is crucial but if this hasn’t been done, it’s never too late to start. Implement answers to questions like: What time will I start and finish each group? Will I start if someone isn’t there or wait for everyone to arrive?

Be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading in your discussion. Ending right on the clock may not always be best in the moment. A few members may need to stay longer so welcome that, but allow for others to leave if they need to. Either way, consider that God is never limited to our little box of time.

Lead with Patience. Love is patient so when we lead with patience, we lead in love. Sometimes the hardest thing about leading a group is being patient when people can’t make our meeting time. We’ve planned and prepared for them, gotten really excited, and they don’t show up. It’s easy to become frustrated and lose hope, but we must continue to love and focus on who is there.  

Practice patience when you ask the group a question. If an awkward silence pervades the air, don’t be quick to answer your own question. Give group members time to think through the question. You’ll be blown away by the discussion that can come from an articulate, well thought through answer!

It’s such a joy to lead others knowing that genuine life-change best happens within the intimate context of a small group. Allow these practical keys to shape how you choose to spend your time together. Rest in the fact that no perfect small group or small group leader exists! Your main strength comes from Christ and what He can do in and through you as you facilitate your group into great discussion.