GT Update | Oct 18

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well!

TELL ME MORE WEEK 3

HERE is the study guide for all four weeks of the Tell Me MORE series.

TellMeMore_StudyGuide_2018_CS6 copy

Please feel free to share this link with your group/class members.  There are also some printed copies at the Welcome Center.

Here are the videos for each week of the series. 

 https://www.tellmemore.church/videos

NEXT STUDY

Last week I shared four ideas I would recommend for your next Group study.  If you missed that, please check those out at the bottom of this post.   In addition to that, I also wanted to mention a study that my small group did last year that was quite good.  It’s called Breathing Room

Here is a description of the study: “In our attempt to get the most out of life, it’s easy to lose control of our lives. For most of us, breathing room feels more like a luxury than a necessity. In this series, Andy Stanley shows us how to create a breathing room in our schedules, our finances, and our relationships.”

If you would be interested in doing this study, you can find the videos here: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/230360, and please let me know and I can get you copies of the leader guide.

Thanks again and have a great week, – JG

GT Update Oct 11

Here’s a quick video to get us started this week.

Leader Blog Oct 11 from Jonathan Grunden on Vimeo.

TELL ME MORE WEEK 2

HERE is the study guide for all four weeks of the Tell Me MORE series.

TellMeMore_StudyGuide_2018_CS6 copy

Please feel free to share this link with your group/class members.  There are also some printed copies at the Welcome Center.

Here are the videos for each week of the series. 

 https://www.tellmemore.church/videos

Or, here is a direct link to the week 2 video:

Tell Me More Week 2: Lori Putnam from First Christian Church on Vimeo.

OTHER STUDIES YOU MIGHT LIKE…

Below are some studies I would encourage you to use with your group once you finish the Tell Me MORE series.  Please let me know if you have any questions about these studies or need the resources.  All the videos and many of the resources are available at https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Library  If you need a Rightnow Media account, please let me know.

TO LIVE IS CHRIST TO DIE IS GAIN (PHILIPPIANS STUDY)

https://player.rightnow.org/174656

JAMES by FRANCIS CHAN

https://player.rightnow.org/174491

FIRST PETER by KYLE IDLEMAN
https://player.rightnow.org/315919

LOVE LIKE THAT by LES PARROTT
https://player.rightnow.org/310017

Thanks, -JG

SPECIAL POST : TMM

Hello all, I know it is uncharacteristic to get two of these posts in one week, but I wanted to update the Tell Me MORE items I sent you last Thursday.

HERE is the final version of the Study Guide:

TellMeMore_StudyGuide_2018_CS6 copy

Please feel free to share this link with your group/class members.  I will also have some printed copies at the Welcome Center.

Also, as mentioned, the videos for each week will be live here:

 https://www.tellmemore.church/videos

If it’s easier for you, you can also check the video out here:

Tell Me More Week 1: Bill Grueninger from First Christian Church on Vimeo.

Thanks again, JG

 

GROW TOGETHER UPDATE | SEPT 4

Hello all, I hope your week has gone well. Thank you to those of you who were able to make it to the Leader Huddle last Sunday night.  If you were unable to make it, I included some thoughts below.

TELL ME MORE…2

This weekend we begin our TELL ME MORE series.  During this study, we will tackle four big questions as we try to understand our own identity and who God really is:

  • Who Am I? (What does the Bible say about me and God?)
  • Who is Our Father? (What if I don’t know what a “good father” looks like?)
  • Who is Jesus?
  • Who is the Holy Spirit?

As we dive into these topics, we will discover a difference between the MORE we think we want and the MORE we really need. Whether it’s a better way of life, healthier relationships, direction in life, or deeper meaning, MORE is available to you.

The final copy of this study will be available in the next couple days, but I wanted to get some information in your hands, so the link below contains a “mostly” edited version.  I will send you the final version once I receive it.  

In the mean time, here is something to get you going.

TellMeMore_StudyGuide_2018_CS6 copy

Please feel free to download this and share it with your group/class, or we will have some paper copies available at the Welcome Center this weekend.

You will also notice that there are videos that go along with each week of the study.  Here is the link: https://www.tellmemore.church/videos.  Right now, they are still the videos from last year, but they will be updated in the next couple days.   If you don’t have a way to display these at your group (laptop, iPad, etc.), please encourage your group members to watch them before they come to group.

HUDDLE RECAP

At the Huddle last weekend we watched the video below on leading great discussions.  Please take a minute to check it out.

READING PLAN

A few of you requested a Bible reading plan for our upcoming series (cool idea).  While it is much simpler than the previous series’ reading plan, here are some passages you could share with your group to read prior to each weekend.

  • Week 1: Exodus 3 and Psalm 139
  • Week 2: Joshua 1:1-9
  • Week 3: Colossians 1:15-23
  • Week 4: Romans 8:1-17

Thanks again, JG

GT Update Sept 27

Hello everyone.  I hope your week has gone well.

ONE LAST HUDDLE REMINDER

I’ve heard from many of you regarding the Huddle, but I thought one more reminder couldn’t hurt.  PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUNDAYSunday SEPT 30 from 6-7:30 PM in MOSAIC CAFE for our SECOND LEADER HUDDLE of the school year.  Dinner is provided.

 

 

IN THE BEGINNING: JOSEPH

We have reached the final week of the “In The Beginning” series.  I have really enjoyed this series and particularly the weekly small group discussions.  As we close out the book of Genesis this week, we will be studying the life of Joseph.

 

Here is a link to download the week 4 Group/Class Guide: In the Beginning- Joseph

Please feel free to download this and share it with your group/class, or we will have some paper copies available at the Welcome Center this weekend.

TELL ME MORE

Next week we begin the Tell Me MORE series.  We will be discussing this at the Huddle this weekend and more details will be available here next week.

 

 

 

Thank you again for your faithful leadership of your group or class.  Have an awesome weekend, and I hope to see you Sunday evening at the Huddle.

Thank you, – JG

Grow Together Update Sept 20

Hello everyone, and happy almost weekend. I wanted to start today by taking a minute to say thank you to each of you for making your group or class a priority.  I know all to well that we are each busy and have to divide our time, energy, and resources in multiple directions each week.  Thank you for making it a priority each week to lead and love the people of our church that God has entrusted to your care.  I feel humbled and honored to serve with each of you, so THANK YOU!!!!!

LEADER HUDDLE SEPT 30

PLEASE JOIN US NEXT SUNDAY, Sunday SEPT 30 from 6-7:30 PM in MOSAIC CAFE for our SECOND LEADER HUDDLE of the school year.  Dinner is provided.

PLEASE RSVP by clicking here by Wednesday Sept 26.  I would love to see you all there.

 

IN THE BEGINNING: JACOB

Thank you for taking the time to share feedback with me about the first two weeks of this series.  I have really enjoyed the first 2 discussions with my small group and I have heard good feedback from a number of you.  Please feel free to share with me.  I would love to hear how  your group is going.

Here is a link to download the week 3 Group/Class Guide: In the Beginning- Jacob

Please feel free to download this and share it with your group/class or we will have some paper copies available at the Welcome Center this weekend.

Thank you again!

-JG

 

GROW TOGETHER UPDATE | SEPT 13

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well.  I also want to welcome those of you who are new to this weekly email.  

We launched three brand new small groups last weekend, and they each met yesterday for the first time, and had a great start.  Welcome to the leaders of those groups!!!!!!

IN THE BEGINNING: CREATION AND FALL

As I mentioned at the Leader Huddle and two weeks ago on the blog, we will be beginning the ministry year with a 4 week study on the book of Genesis.  We would love for each small group and class to join us in these studies for the next four weeks.  This study is intended to be used following this weekend’s sermon.

Here is a link to download the week 2 Group/Class Guide: In the Beginning- Abraham

Please feel free to download this and share it with your group/class or we will have some paper copies available at the Welcome Center this weekend.

GROUP TIP: HANDLING SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION DOMINATORS

Ever had someone in your group try to dominate the discussion?  If not, I’m a little jealous of you.  If so, welcome to the club.  In light of that, I came across this article that addresses “Group Dominators”.    Whether you have one or not, I would recommend taking a couple minutes to read this and think through how it might strengthen your conversations in group or class.

 

ARTICLE LINK: https://churchleaders.com/smallgroups/small-group-articles/332941-how-to-deal-with-a-discussion-dominator.html

Have a great week!

Thanks, – JG

Grow Together Update | GENESIS Week 1

Hello awesome Grow Together Leaders, I apologize that this is coming late Thursday evening, but the first study for the “In the Beginning” series is ready to go.

IN THE BEGINNING: CREATION AND FALL 

As I mentioned at the Leader Huddle and last week on the blog, we will be beginning the ministry year with a 4 week study on the book of Genesis.  We would love for each small group and class to join us in these studies for the next four weeks.  This study is intended to be used following this weekend’s sermon.

Here is a link to download the week 1 Group/Class Guide: In the Beginning- Creation and Fall

Please feel free to download this and share it with your group/class or we will have some paper copies available at the Welcome Center this weekend.

Thank you so much for joining us in this series.  I look forward to seeing what God will do with it.  Have a great weekend

JG

GT UPDATE AUG 29

Hello all, it’s that time of year again where you will begin receiving weekly emails from me regarding your Grow Together group or class.  I know it’s pretty exciting stuff, but please try your best to contain your excitement. 🙂

HUDDLE REVIEW

To get things started this year, I want to take a minute to recap some of the important information we covered in our leader huddle on August 16.  While we covered a lot of material that evening, there were two thoughts that really stuck out to me.

  • The first is that Groups and classes do not guarantee discipleship.  Yes, the goal of any group or class is discipleship (to help each other become more like Jesus), but unless we are super intentional about the way we lead our groups/classes, they can easily become about camaraderie rather than transformation.  Question: As you plan to lead your group or class this year, how are you intentionally leading the people in your group to be more like Jesus?
    • Story: I was chatting with one of our small group leaders last week and he mentioned that following the huddle he asked each person in his group to share how they have become more like Jesus in the last year as a result of being a part of the group.  It led to a great discussion in his group.  As you begin a “new year”, I would recommend a similar conversation for your group or class.  Not only could it lead to great conversation, but it would serve as a reminder to your group/class why you meet.
  • Secondly, we need to remember that Loving God and our people is primary.  This is a reminder I need often.  As a leader, there are many things we could invest our time in: organization, preparation, communication, care, study, managing the clock, etc.  While all these things are good and necessary, our primary role as leaders is to love God first and then genuinely love those we lead.  If we love God well and love our people well, the rest will fall into place. Question: What would it look like for you to love the people in your class/group well as you begin the school year? 

FALL STUDIES

As I mentioned at the Huddle, we will be beginning the school year with two back to back studies that align with our weekend series.

The first study is a 5-week study in the book of Genesis called “In the Beginning”.  This study corresponds with a curriculum change for the children and students in our church.  As of this coming weekend, our Family Ministry Team (birth-12th grade) begins a curriculum called The Gospel Project, (click on the link to explore) which is a three-year journey through the Bible.  They will be spending the entire first semester in the book of Genesis.

To help highlight this change, we will be journeying through the book of Genesis throughout September. This coming weekend (Sept. 1 &2) is an introduction to the series.  There is no study to accompany week 1 of the series.  The four weeks after that (Starting Sept. 8/9), I will be writing curriculum that will be used following each weekend in classes and groups.  That curriculum will be available here on the blog by the Thursday before each weekend.  We would love for each class and small group to join us by using this curriculum following each weekend.  So, for the sake of clarity, the sermon on the weekend of the 8th/9th would be discussed between the 9th and the 14th.

 

The second series will be starting the weekend of October 6/7.  We will also be writing curriculum for these four weeks.  This series is a Part 2 of the Tell Me More series we did last fall.  This time we are focusing on who God is and how that plays out in the trinity.  Again, we would love to have your group and class join us during these studies.

 

As I close out this week, I want to say thank you so much for making an investment in the lives of the people in your groups and classes.  Thank you for helping them become more like Jesus.  Thank you for making transformation a priority in your context.  As Bobby Harrington wrote in his book “Discipleship that Fits”, “Deep personal transformation happens in close relationships with just a few, because only a few people can earn the trust it takes to be vulnerable, open, and honest in life-on-life situations.”  Thank you for investing deeply in your “few”.

GT UPDATE MAY 3

Hello everyone and Happy May.  A few important reminders today.

SERVE TOGETHER CELEBRATION

Our Serve Together Celebration is this coming Wednesday May 9.  It’s going to be a fantastic evening.  Please RSVP by Monday at http://www.firstdecatur.org/serve/.  I would love to see you there.

 

 

THRIVE CAMPAIGN BEGINS THIS WEEKEND

Last week I sent an email with some of the important details for our Thrive Campaign, which begins this weekend.  If you haven’t had a chance to read through that, please take a few minutes so you are prepared to answer your group’s/class’s questions.

Also, in light of this campaign, I would encourage your group or class to take a few weeks and do a stewardship study along with this series.  There are several good curriculums out there, but one I would suggest is the Treasure Principle.  You can find it on Rightnow Media here: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/198062  I will admit that some of it is a bit cheesy, but the content is good.  Here is a trailer about this series.

https://player.rightnow.org/209049

If you can’t see the video, please click here.

Thank you for faithfully leading your group or class.  I am so appreciative of each of you.

-JG