GROW TOGETHER WEEKLY UPDATE | March 31

Happy Thursday friends,

I was reminded again this week of the power of what we each do.  Monday night my wife and I received a text that one of the children of one of the couples in our group had been injured and would be needing surgery.  Good news: The surgery went well and everyone is doing great.

show_upWhat has also been amazing over the last few days, is to watch our group respond to this need through prayer and serving the family.  I know I’ve said it before, but I believe one of the most powerful things we can do for one another is “show up” in each other’s moments of need.  In those moments we get to be the tangible touch of Jesus to one another.  Yes, we meet to study and worship together.  Yes, we meet to find ways to serve our community together. But, we also meet to serve and lift up one another. Thank you for making this a priority in your group/class and teaching your group/class to do the same.

 

GT HUDDLE | APRIL 24

icon_mark_your_calendar-copPlease mark your calendar for April 24 at 6 pm  for the final leader huddle of the school year.  We will be talking about key information for summer and next fall, as well as some key training.  I look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

 

FAVORITE THINGS

0Last week I asked you what some of your favorite things were about your group or class.  I was very encouraged by your answers and thought it might be encouraging to you to read what one another wrote. Here is what you said:

 

  • Everyone is flexible with leading a discussion . It is not just me as the group leader. Our time together is also spent socially as well as in study.
  • Our group’s ability to laugh and joke but also pray and be vulnerable with each other.
  • I love our small group because it gives us an opportunity to see each other grow and mature. It challenges me to think outside of my “box”. It gives us the opportunity to share what God is doing in our lives so that we might encourage one another in their life.
  • I think the best part about our group is that each of us has a genuine interest in the lives of the others. Members care about others because they have chosen to care and not for any self seeking reasons.
  • Getting to know Christian friends. Celebrate good times and support each other through bad times
  • Especially because of the close friendships we have developed.
  • I love my small group because we do life together: We volunteer at FCC together, we invite each other to our children’s birthday parties, we pray together through the ups and downs of life, we eat meals together, we go to special events together. It is amazing to know that no matter what else is happening, we have a group of people that know us, love us, and are willing to “do life” with us!
  • They never cease to amaze me with the grace they extend to me and to each other. I feel loved by them and I love them so much. I love how they welcome new people in and watch out for each other. I love how they check up on one another and I feel blessed and honored to be able to be called the teacher of this class when I am constantly learning so much from them!!!

 

ASKING BETTER QUESTIONS

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Great questions are essential to great conversation. As a result I am always looking for tips on asking better questions.  I came across an article this week that I found very helpful in the way I think about leading my own small group.  However, I share it cautiously, because it’s ultimately about a “method”, and while I think the “method” is good, I don’t want to give you the impression that I am asking you to adopt this method in your group or class. As you read through, I would really encourage you to process the principles that drive this method and the specific questions they ask, and then determine how those principles can build into what you are already doing in your group.  I would also love to hear your reflections, so please share a thought in the comment section on this page. 

Here is the article: http://www.smallgroups.com/articles/2016/four-step-discussion-method-that-works-for-any-study.html?paging=off

 

INTENTIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 3.38.41 PMThe Intentional Church conference is taking place at FCC on Saturday April 23.  This one-day conference equips ministry leaders and volunteers to help them reach their communities for Jesus Christ.  Here is a link with more information about the conference: Intentional Church Conference

As a Small Group Leader or Teacher this would be a great opportunity for encouragement and training.  The KEYNOTE SPEAKERS are excellent and there is a breakout for Small Group Leaders.

If you are interested in going, please click here to email me and let me know.

Once I hear from you, I will take care of getting you registered.

 

Thanks again!  Please let me know if there is any specific way I can serve your group!

Thanks, JG

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