Hey there everyone. Just wanted to show off the front and back cover of our new Life Group Curriculum for the fall semester. Design is by Darin Brannon
Life Groups are coming up quickly for the Spring Semester! I wanted to give you a quick teaser from our curriculum: People Who Met Jesus.
Questions, always more questions. Jesus was the kind of teacher that always seemed to make people look beyond the surface, and forced others to tunnel deep into the depths of their souls. Each crowd that heard the words of Jesus were challenged to stretch further than they thought the “Law of Moses” required.
However, we are not going to look at the crowd of people, but rather the individuals who personally met Jesus. Many of these people come from a variety of backgrounds. Some were young and rich. Others were old and sick. Some were even religious. Yet each of them encountered Jesus. With each encounter, a choice lay ahead of them: a step towards living or remaining the same.
With this journey, we will find a little bit of ourselves in each person. Each individual you will meet will remind you of the person you used to be in old pictures, the person you see in the mirror today, or the future person you see in your minds-eye. Take the step with us today to start your own journey with the People Who Met Jesus.
If you are interested in being a Life Group Host or Facilitator please contact Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facilitator and Host Training - Sunday, February 20 @ 5:30
First Session Start - Sunday, March 6th
>We are in full swing here at Victory Family Church. We are currently getting ready to launch a new semester of Life Groups. If you want to connect with people, grow in your Spiritual walk with Christ, and utilize the gifts that God has given you, then Life Groups are right where you should be.If you have been apart of our small group process in the past, I want to challenge you to take another step this semester. Instead of just going to a group this semester, I want you to consider facilitating and/or hosting a group this semester. Facilitators lead the discussions of the Life Group, while Hosts open up their homes for the Life Group. Sound difficult? Well it isn’t, and the payoff can be BIG! Think about this for moment:
If you answered yes to these questions, then God has equipped you to facilitate and/or host a Life Group. And don’t worry, you are not going to be alone in this. We are going to give you some practical training and easy to use curriculum that will help give you the tools to make your Life Group a success.
Sound like something you could do? Want more information? Contact Pastor Jonathan Holcomb at Victory Family Church at 817-447-2667. Our leader training will be on Sunday, August 15th and the new semester begins the week of Sunday, September 12th.
>I recently received the book, Simple Small Groups by Bill Search. Bill Search is the Community Groups Leader at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY; which is the largest church in Kentucky. This book is a great book for those that want a more systematic approach to small groups. Search gives a well outlined look at what small groups are, why they are important, and what should occur within a small group. It is not the easiest read because of the systematic approach that I feel can drag some of the information. However, the main take-away that I got from the book was how important community is for lasting life-change.
Search sites Alan Deutschman, a business journalist whose research has shown that “people change more consistently and stay changed through relationships!” Search argues that “A new relationship or community of people provides information and hope that change is possible.” Community provides people with the opportunity to look inwardly, yet hear outwardly from people to learn how to go about changing their lives for the better. Community is something that must be lived intentionally. It is not about just saying the correct answers, but discovering the real you and moving towards the you that God wants you to be.
Simple Small Groups is well worth the read for anyone wanting to see the value that community brings to people’s lives, as well as the “nuts-and-bolts” of what community groups should encompass .
>I know it has been a little while since I have posted anything, but things have been busy every since we have gotten back to the United States. Thought I would do a quick post on a book I just finished up.
I just finished reading Creating Community: Five Keys to Building a Small Group Culture by Andy Stanley and Bill Willits. This is a great read for anyone wanting to discover more about building Small Groups within a church setting. Stanley and Willits cover what has worked for them at North Point Community Church in Georgia. This is an easy read. The major concepts that I pulled from this book were the questions that the authors give the reader to consider.
First, “What do you want people to become?” They argue that if we don’t have a real idea about what we want people to become then our strategy will not be focused enough to get people into community. Second, “What do you want people to do?” This helps to define what the church and leadership think about spiritual maturity. Finally, “Where do you want people to go?” Stanley and Willits say the answer to this one is to people find relationships within a small group community. Small groups are where they have seen the most life growth in their church body.
I think these questions in themselves and how they are explained are worth the book. This book makes you re-think and re-prioritize what your mission and strategies should be in church.
Great book. A definite read for any church wanting to do small groups or enhance their small group experience.