Hello again fabulous Grow Together Leaders,


Thank-youWith Thanksgiving less than a week away, I have spent a fair amount of time  reflecting on all God has blessed me with in the last 12 months. Last Thanksgiving, I traveled to Decatur with my wife and kids to spend some quality time with my parents and sisters, eat inordinate amounts of food, and then meet with Pastor Wayne, Pastor Brian, and a couple elders to continue an interview process that would ultimately lead to a lot of change in our lives.

Someone recently told me that people don’t fear change, they fear loss.  I will admit, this move has included some loss.  However, as I think of all I have to be thankful for this year, I am overwhelmed by God’s goodness.  Among the things I am grateful for, is a group of remarkable leaders and teachers who give their time, resources, prayer, and passion to serve, shepherd, and guide the people of our congregation and help them grow to be more like Jesus.  Yes, I’m talking about you. Thank you for all you do and for making me and my family feel so welcome!


Uraimov-familyPlease don’t forget that the Uraimov’s would love to come visit your class or small group in the next few weeks to share their story.  They will be leaving in the beginning of 2016, so if you would be interested in having them come, please email them at soon.




Please email me at if you would like help finding a new study for your group/class.  Or, check out last weeks’ post for some ideas.  I also wanted to remind you that we will have an all church study coming in January.  More details are coming on that soon.


As Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years approach, here are a few ideas for your group or class:





  • Consider taking a break.  Consistency is incredibly important to relational discipleship.  It is easy to see how a group can fall apart when there is no consistency in meeting time.  However it is equally important to honor the natural rhythms of life.  For many people, the weeks surrounding the holidays are already very full and often stressful.  By taking a few weeks off, you allow people appropriate space, and that space creates increased enthusiasm to get going again in the New Year.  The key is knowing when you will start up again, and holding to that.
  • Serve Someone. Serving together as a group is one of the most powerful ways to deepen bonds between people and simultaneously help your group to grow.  Whether you serve at a local soup kitchen, purchase Christmas Presents for a family in need, or partner with a local or global ministry, there is power in serving together.  If you would like help coming up with an idea for your group, please email me at
  • Celebrate Together. Designate time to celebrate with your group.  Eat together, laugh together, have fun together, and share stories of what God has done.

Thank you again for everything you do.  Have an awesome week! Please email me at with any questions or concerns.

Grow Together Weekly Update Nov. 9, 2015

Hello Fabulous Grow Together Leaders, welcome to the “Grow Together Leadership” blog.   If you’ve been leading for a while, you may be familiar with this site.  Pastor Brian and Pastor Tim have contributed to this site many times over the last several years with thoughts and guidance about Grow Together groups.  If you ever get a chance, please check out their thoughts.

The remainder of this post is important thoughts for your groups/classes right now.


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Uraimov-familyRavshan and Lisa Uraimov are missionaries to Central Asia with the ministry of Athletes in Action.  I had the opportunity to connect with them last week and hear a bit of their story, and it was amazing.  They would love to come visit your class or small group in the next few weeks to share their story.  I would highly recommend this.  If you would be interested in having them come, please email them at


A_small_cup_of_coffeeOne of my goals in the coming months is to have the opportunity to connect with each of you over a cup of coffee or lunch or dinner.  You each give so much to lead, shepherd, and guide people within our congregation, and I would love to get to know you better and hear about what God is doing in your group/class.  I promise I won’t be interrogating or grading you. 🙂  If you could email me back at with some times that work for you I would greatly appreciate it.



As I mentioned last week, we will be creating resources for our groups and classes to join (as we did with Room for Doubt) with the series we will be working through as a church in January.  This series is a 5 week series on the way we pray about our family life, health, direction, spirituality, and finances.  The series starts January 9/10.


I would love to hear a little how your group is going.  Please complete the quick survey below to let me know. If the survey doesn’t show up, please click here


Now that most groups are done with the Room for Doubt series, I would love to help you find the best study for your group.  Please keep in mind that we would love for you all to join us during the January Series.  As you pick a new study, please think through how it will fit around the holidays and the January series.  My small group jumped into the Crazy Love study last week and we are just planning to take a break from it in January, and jump back in once the January study is over.

Please email me at if you would like help finding a new study for your group.

If you would rather explore a couple on your own, here are 3 great studies.  If they interest you, please let me know.  I can get you the DVD’s and Leader Guides.

Thank you and have a great week!

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