Category Archives: Small Groups

GT Update | Feb 21

HAPPY THURSDAY EVERYONE!  I realize that not every group is doing the Anxious for Nothing study, but for those of you who are, here is the week 3 study guide.

WEEK 3 GROUP STUDY

Here is the week 3 study.  Please feel free to download this using the link below and share it electronically with people in your group.  I have also placed some paper copies at the Welcome Center, if you would prefer not to download it.

STUDY LINK: Anxious for Nothing – Group Study Week 3

Thank you again for everything you do to lead, serve, and shepherd the people in your group.  I hope to see you this weekend!

God Bless, JG

GT Update | Feb 14

Hello everyone and Happy Valentines Day.  I realize that not every group is doing the Anxious for Nothing study, but for those of you who are, here is the week 2 study guide.

WEEK 2 GROUP STUDY

Here is the week 2 study.  Please feel free to download this using the link below and share it electronically with people in your group.  I have also placed some paper copies at the Welcome Center, if you would prefer not to download it.

STUDY LINK: Anxious for Nothing – Group Study Week 2

Thank you again for everything you do to lead, serve, and shepherd the people in your group.  I hope to see you this weekend!

God Bless, JG

GT Update Feb 7

Hello everyone, I am really excited that we begin our “Anxious for Nothing” series this weekend, which includes a small group curriculum designed to follow each weekend’s sermon.  Below is a video with a little more detail, as well as some guidance for how to best serve people in your group who are navigating serious worry in their lives.

GT Update Feb 7 2019 from Jonathan Grunden on Vimeo.

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

WEEK 1 GROUP STUDY

Here is the week 1 study.  Please feel free to download this using the link below and share it electronically with people in your group.  I have also placed some paper copies at the Welcome Center, if you would prefer not to download it.

STUDY LINK: Anxious for Nothing – Group Study Week 1

Thanks again, JG

 

GT Update Jan 31

Hello Grow Together Leaders, I hope your week is going well and all is moving forward with your groups.

ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING

As I mentioned in the video last week, this coming weekend is our State of the Church weekend.  It is going to be an awesome weekend of celebrating what God has done in and through our church in the past year and what he is leading us toward in the future.

The following weekend (Feb 9/10) Pastor Brian and I begin a three-week series called “Anxious for Nothing”.  It centers around the Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians 4:6-7:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

As a part of this series, I will be writing small group curriculum.  We would love for your group to use this material for each of the weeks of the study.  Week 1 will be available here next Thursday.  I know that many of you are in the middle of studies right now, but I would ask that you please consider taking a break from your study to join us for these three weeks. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

GETTING TOGETHER

Also, as a reminder, I always love getting together with small group leaders to talk about how their groups are going and next steps.  If you would be available sometime for a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea, or even a phone call, please email me here.

Thanks again.  Have a wonderful weekend.  – JG

 

 

GT Update Jan 24 2019

Hello awesome Grow Together Leaders.  Since we were unable to have our huddle last weekend, I wanted to make a “quick” video this week to update you on a number of important things. Here is that video.  It’s 7 minutes long so you might want to pop some popcorn first.  Also, in case you are wondering, yes I will be getting a hair cut this weekend.  🙂

If you are unable to see the video, please click here: https://vimeo.com/313276843

Here are some of the things the video covers:

  • Our upcoming “Anxious for Nothing” series, which will include small group material.  We would love for you to join us for that.
  • A thought on evaluating your group and setting goals for spiritual growth
  • 4 ideas on how to have good conversations in your group

As always, I’m happy to answer any questions you may have and I would love to hear how your group is going.

God Bless, – JG

GT Update | Dec 13

Hello everyone, I hope this post finds you well.  This is my final update of 2018, so I thought I’d put together a quick video for you.

GT Update Dec 13 from Jonathan Grunden on Vimeo.

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

ADVENT READING PLAN

Also, if you aren’t already doing an Advent Bible Reading Plan, I would encourage you to hop on over to Youversion and check out their reading plans: https://my.bible.com/reading-plans

There are a bunch to choose from, including this super short 4 day plan: The Bible Project | AdventThis would be great to do on your own or as a group.

MERRY CHRISTMAS – JG

GT UPDATE | NOV 1

LEADER HUDDLE | NOV 18

Please plan to join us on Sunday November 18 from 6-7:30 PM in Mosaic Cafe for our late-fall Leader Huddle.

DINNER IS PROVIDED

I have invited PASTOR WAYNE KENT to come share with you that evening.  Please make it a priority to be there.

In other news, has anyone ever noticed that our Pastor’s name is the combination of Batman’s last name and Superman’s last name.  Just sayin.

Please click here to email me your RSVP

 

POSTURE SHIFT

I also wanted to encourage you as key leaders in our congregation to consider the possibility of attending the Posture Shift event on November 15-16.  I attended a staff preview of this event earlier this week and I believe this is going to be an excellent event.

You can learn more and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/posture-shift-intensives-course-decatur-2018-registration-45857141946  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you again for everything you do to lead those in your groups closer to Christlikeness. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you or your group in that process.

God Bless, JG

GT Update Oct 25

TELL ME MORE FINAL WEEK

This is the final week of Tell Me MORE.  Thank you for joining us for this series.  Below is the study guide and video for this week.  Please read beyond that for important information and upcoming events.

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 4 video:

Tell Me More Week 4: Wayne Kent from First Christian Church on Vimeo.

WHAT SHOULD WE STUDY NEXT? 

For those of you who have participated in the “In the Beginning” and “Tell Me MORE” studies, it’s time to make a decision with your group about what you will study next.  I have offered a few different ideas over the last few weeks, but I wanted to remind you that we have an entire digital library available to each of you for free.  You can access it at https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Library

A few other things to keep in mind:

  • As you decide on your next study, I would highly recommend choosing two studies you are excited about as a leader and asking your group to vote on those two studies.  Too many choices can often lead to no choice being made.
  • Please keep in mind that December is a full month and it can be difficult to meet every week during December.  If you are going to choose a longer study, you could take a brief break in December and get right back to it in January.

NEXT LEADER HUDDLE 

Our final Leader Huddle of 2018 will be Sunday November 18 from 6-7:30 in Mosaic Cafe.  Dinner is provided. Also, Pastor Wayne will be joining us that evening.  As key leaders in the church I have asked him to share with you things that has his attention in the life of our church.  Please make it a priority to be at this Huddle.  

 

 

TRAINING RESOURCES

I also wanted to remind you that Rightnow Media has a ton of free resources to help you grow as a leader.

Please use this link to check out the training options you see above and many more.

POSTURE SHIFT

Lastly, I wanted to encourage you as key leaders in our congregation to consider the possibility of attending the Posture Shift event on November 15-16.  You can learn more and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/posture-shift-intensives-course-decatur-2018-registration-45857141946  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you, – JG

 

 

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