It’s hard to believe that Christmas was two months ago already, and we only have twelve weeks until the end of school.  The dreary days of winter are almost over and soon summer will be sneaking up on us.  As you prepare for your group or class this week, please keep this in mind, and make the most of these last few months before people slip into their summer routines.

COFFEE or whatever

coffee-and-breakfast1As I mentioned last week…it is my personal goal between now and the end of March to connect with each of you for coffee or breakfast or lunch or dinner or whatever.  I really just want to spend some time hearing what God is doing in your group, helping talk through any issues you are facing and learn what I can do better to serve you.  If you would please click this link EMAIL JONATHAN HERE and send me two times that might work for you, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you to those of you who have already responded.


I know that many of you are always on the hunt for great curriculum for your class or group.  I mentioned a few group studies in my post 3 weeks ago. But from time to time, I want to highlight things as I come across them.  Here is one I would highly recommend.


Timothy Keller | The Prodigal God

In this six-session small group Bible study DVD, pastor and bestselling author Timothy Keller uses one of Jesus’ best-loved parables – the Prodigal Son – to illustrate the depth of God’s love and how his grace extends into some very unexpected places.

Click here for more information

If you are interested in this study, we have the DVD, and I would be happy to help you order the discussion books.  They are under $8 a piece.





Last week, Pastor Wayne shared this article with me:

What Business Can Learn from NBA Champions The Golden State Warriors

I would highly encourage you to take a quick read through.  As I read this article I thought of many things: my workplace, my family, the time I spend with people at church, but most of all I thought about what we each do.

Now I realize that having fun, caring for each other, and cooperation are not the only keys to success.  These only work in a setting where the players are highly disciplined and skilled, but I think we can glean some thoughts from this article that pertain to the health and success of our groups and classes.

  1. HAVE FUN – I just spent time 2 weeks ago talking about this so I won’t belabor the point, but I deeply believe that fun is key to spiritual growth.
  2. CARE FOR EACH OTHER – I suspect that most of us are doing a great job caring for the people in our group/class, but how is your group doing at caring for one another? According to the article, “deeper connections among co-workers can translate into greater devotion to the organization’s mission.”  The mission of our groups and classes is that people would be more like Jesus.   I believe that if we can help our group members care better for one another, all involved will ultimately be more like Jesus.  So, what is one way this week you could help your group members care better for each other?
  3. COOPERATION IS KEY – “Individual unselfishness.” I love this phrase because that is a beautiful way of describing what community should look like.  We all bring talents and insights to our settings.  When our group or class is working at it’s best, it isn’t about any one person in the group.  It is about each person bringing what God has given them, and looking for ways to use those gifts and abilities to build up one another.  When we are cooperating, not only should we be building up each other, but those on the outside should notice something different about us.  I think Jesus said something about that: John 13:34-35


As you read the article, was there anything that stood out to you?  I would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment and let me know.

Thanks, JG



  1. Thanks Jonathan. Enjoy getting this each week. The article offers such encouragement. When I read it from a biblical world view and fill in the blanks with God’s word on how to have fellowship together, it is a great reminder on being intentional in shepherding and leadership. Also I like the smiling cup of coffee 😉
    Thank you for the weekly updates

  2. nice work JG! love the WK article incorporation

    Brian Talty, Associate Pastor First Christian Church | 3350 N MacArthur Rd | Decatur, IL 62526 | 217.875.3350 | >

  3. What came to my mind after reading the article is how the secular world incorporates biblical principles into their plan and it works. That is no surprise to us. Why wouldn’t it work. When we serve/work together as a community or “a team” with a common goal and an attitude of everyone’s gift is useful we are displaying Godly principles to the world.
    As we go to the Bible for principles to build our small groups let us give thanks to the One that loves us so much.


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