Grow Together Update Sept 28

Hey all, this week’s post is quite long, so I thought we’d kick it off with a brief video.  Please take a minute to check this out.

Untitled from Jonathan Grunden on Vimeo.

If you are unable to see the video, please click here


The WSOY Community Food Drive is taking place next Friday, Oct. 6.  The next morning (Oct. 7) we will be sorting food donations at Catholic Charities from 9-11 am.  This is a great opportunity for your group/class to serve together.  If you would like to sort food with us, please email me and let me know by next Thursday.


In the next few weeks, I want to  meet up with each of you for coffee or pop (soda) to talk about what’s going on in the life of your group.  The purpose of these gathering is simply to check in, hear how things are going and answer any question you might have about your group or class.  Click here to email me and let me know some times that might work for you to connect.


We are in the final week of the Tell Me MORE series.  This weekend Pastor Brian is concluding the Tell Me MORE series, by answering the question “How Do I Respond to a Broken Relationship?”  Here is the video for week 4.

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Now that we are wrapping up the Tell Me MORE series, it’s time to figure out what your group will study next.  As a quick note, several groups, including mine, take a week off after finishing a study and use that week to gather socially and build relationship.   Please don’t feel like you have to do that, but occasionally it is valuable to take a break from study and to use a group time to get to know one another better.

As you think about what to study next…

I want to remind you that you have Rightnow Media at your disposal.  There are literally hundreds of great studies on Rightnow Media.  If you don’t already have a free account you can create one by clicking here.  Also, if you need a leader guide for any study, please let me know.  We have an account to purchase those so they can be shared with other groups down the road.



As I mentioned in our August Leader Huddle, I wanted to send along some “Study Pathways” this year.  In other words, instead of randomly choosing one study after another, I thought these collections of studies might help you focus your growth for the year.  Below are 4 pathways and links to each of the studies in those pathways. 

Pathway 1: Tried and True These are some of the most popular studies with groups in our church.

Pathway 2: Marriage and Family

Pathway 3: Books of the Bible Studies

Pathway 4: Long Intentional Study

Please let me know what your group is interested in and I will help you get the resources.


I know this post is much longer than normal, but I also wanted to leave you today with some encouragement about leading great small group discussions.  This is a quick post called “Ask Great Questions” from a book called “The Essential Guide for Small Group Leaders

Ask Great Questions

There’s nothing worse than a dud of a discussion.  How do you prevent awkward silence?   It’s all about the preparation and attitude.  Here are some tips for asking great discussion questions:

  1. Get Familiar with the Study or Discussion Guide: Read the questions out loud before the group meets.  As you read them, consider how you would answer them.  If they don’t make sense to you or seem too simple, fix the questions so they will work in your group.  Adapting and rewording questions is a discussion-saver!
  2. Ask Open-Ended Questions: If any question can be answered with “yes,” or “no” or a single word, don’t ask it.  If it can’t be avoided, add, “Why did you answer that way?”
  3. It’s all about the “What,” “So What, and “Now What.”:  What is the study all about? So what- why is this important?  Now what do we do with it?  A good discussion works through all three of those questions. 
  4. Avoid Questions that fish for “Just the Right Answer.”  Yes, there are right and wrong answers, but if the group members sense there is just one answer very few people will speak up out of fear of being wrong.
  5. Don’t celebrate the “right answer”: This is the same as number 4 except you throw a party when you hear the answer you want.  Celebrate the right answer and you will shut down future discussion.
  6. Don’t Answer Your Own Questions: If no one responds to a question, then ask a follow-up, “Did that question make sense?” Silence might be an indicator that group members are thinking, or it might be an indicator that the question needs to be reworded. Asking this follow-up question will help you know which is true.
  7. Don’t Judge Someone’s Answer: You might hear some doozies, but resist the urge to correct others.  Instead ask follow-up questions to seek more replies, like “Where do you see that in Scripture?” or “What do the rest of you think about that?”

I hope this stirs up some ideas on how we can each ask better questions in our groups.
Thanks again JG


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