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Help! I’m a Small Group Leader!

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

We’ve all been  there. We’re 20 minutes into our group meeting and someone asks a question that sets us into a panic attack! We have no idea how to answer or what to do. We turn blue in the face like someone has just taken the breath away from us. What do we do? What do we say?

Don’t worry. Every leader will at some point face a challenge like this. It’s inevitable. However, it’s important to know where to go with a question like this one. Don’t just shove it under the living room rug and pretend its not there. Believe me, it will turn into the elephant in the room.

Being a leader doesn’t always mean you have all the answers, however, it does mean you are resourceful. It means you know where to get answers or who to speak to in order to get those answers.

Our next LIFE Groups leaders training is in January. This is what we’ll be talking about. We’ll discuss how to deal with various issues both biblically, respectfully, and lovingly.

If you are familiar with these types of situations, I want to hear from you. As a leader, what have you been faced with that takes your breath away? Email me at adults@thirdcitychristian.org

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Two Events

September 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey All!

I want to tell you about two events right around the corner!

First, this SUNDAY, our first Group Connection Event. This will be held after services from about 12:15 – 1:15p in Room 4. We’ll connecting people to their first group! What an amazing thing! If you are already in a group, then tell those around you that aren’t connected yet to check it out! Childcare will be provided, but sorry, no lunch.

We’ll be forming all types of groups: men’s, women’s, couples, etc.

Secondly, OCTOBER 2nd, New Leaders Training. If you are a new leader or would like to know about leading a group, this is for you. We’ll be going over some “How-to’s” of group leadership, scriptural basis of group leadership, and choosing curriculum for your group.

I look forward to maybe seeing some of you at one of these events and am really excited to get you and many other plugged into LIFE Groups!

If you have questions or would like to attend one of these events, please contact me at adults@thirdcitychristian.org or you can call 384-5038.

Monday response – July 19th

Sunday services bring a lot to the table. One thing that I find from each service is that worship should bring some kind of response. Beginning today, I am creating an opportunity for a Monday response.

I have found so often that a missed opportunity to respond to God can create a hole that needs to be filled. If God is calling you to get plugged into a support system, but you avoid the call, the void will become even greater throughout the week.

So ask yourself, what were you prompted to do as a result of yesterday’s service? Have you found a place to plug in yet? Are you needing to serve as an act of worship? Do you need to sing a new song? Whatever it is, God is calling. It’s up to us to pick up the phone and answer. If you need a place to plug in, so that you may draw closer to God through fellowship, community, prayer,  and study, now is your time. Don’t avoid God’s call to a greater life in Him.

Here is a link to a simple form you can fill out to get plugged in: http://www.thirdcitychristian.org/index.cfm?i=5501&mid=26&fid=522

Or feel free to call the church office! Now is your time!

Fall 2011 Goal:::UPDATE

For those of you who were present at our soft launch of the TCCC LIFE Groups you’ll remember that I set a goal to get 100 new people involved in LIFE group by Fall 2011. I have great news so far!! By the time we start this fall, we’ll already be 1/5 of the way to our goal. We have nearly 20 new people involved already!

Remember our big launch will September 12th followed by our first Group Connection Event on Sunday, September 26th. If you have friends or family that aren’t plugged in yet, tell them about this!

I am really excited to see God moving through all of this and I can’t wait to see what will happen once fall gets here!

Have a great week and God Bless!

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This is Your time!

We’ve been getting some really great traffic on this blog! Thank for reading!

If you are one of the readers out there and feel like you are disconnected from what LIFE groups are about, or if you are missing out on that week to week community with others in a small group, please let me know! I’d love to get you plugged in.

LIFE groups are not centered around curriculum, nor are the centered around a schedule. They are centered around community with others. This means coming to a place where people really know you. They are praying for you, and you for them. It’s a place where you are able to feel like you can break down those walls that may be up around you.

Unlike are are Adult Ed, which are designed for connecting people and curriculum, LIFE groups will join you with others who will genuinely care and support you, keep you accountable, and help you through the tough times in life as well as celebrate the joys in life.

Being a part of small group community is not an extracurricular item, its something Jesus did when He joined with the twelve. It’s how the church was built and its how the church is sustained today. If you are serious about taking the leap and diving in deep, contact me today and let’s talk about the next step for you.

Email me at: adults@thirdcitychristian.org

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Worship: Not only for Sunday mornings

Worship is often misunderstood.

Many think that worship happens on Sunday mornings. They think that worship is that time in church when you stand up to sing a song. Some say, I’m looking forward to Sunday so I can worship!”If you fit into one of these three categories, take a step back and consider what scripture says about worship.

I asked last week if you worship within your groups, some of you do, some of you don’t. Worship can happen every day. It’s not solely reserved for Sunday mornings. Through the Old Testament, primarily through the Psalms, we read of the heart of worship. David displayed his heart for worship through his writings. This is what stirred his heart on a daily basis. The mere thought of a great and glorious God was enough to send shivers down his spine as he would fall to the floor in reverence.

I often think that today we lose sight of God’s grandeur, not that we could ever hope to know exactly how big God is, but that its much easier to place God in a box and carry Him around like a poodle in a purse. Worship was never meant to be a once a week occurrence but a lifestyle. The word worship, or shachah (Hebrew) means to fall down prostrate on one’s knees. Think of Psalm 29:2 which says, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” Or in the New Testament worship or proskyneo (Greek) is similar, but means “to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence”.

Our worship is far more than even singing. To use the cliche saying, it’s a lifestyle. A part of who we are as Christ followers is expressed in how we cope with situations, who we are when no one is looking, and who we desire to be. David was always expressing the fact that he desired so much more than what he had. He wanted more God.

So when we join with others for worship, if we are bringing in a lifestyle of worship, it almost becomes an expected part of our group. If we are worshipers seven days a week, and not just Sunday, our worship is never ceasing. It flows through us, a day without worship is like a day without breathing.

There is a relatively simple passage at the end of the book of James. In 5:13, we read “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

These simple instructions are for the worshiper. Consider them guidance through this life. James tells us to pray, to sing songs of praise, to ask for forgiveness, to confess, and to be prayed for. All of these are characteristics of the life of a worshiper.

So, as an encouragement to you, if you are living a life of worship, why not bring worship into your group meetings, why not sing songs of praise to the God who is worthy? Pray for and with one another, confess and ask for forgiveness. Let God be God.

The last remark from James is one to point out too. “My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, 20remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

Even in those times in which we tend to drift away from the truth lean on those around you. Your LIFE groups are more than just a bible study, they are the church.  Let them bring you back to the truth.

Does your group worship together?

In the book of Psalms, David speaks to his worship of the Lord over and over again. We read about the songs of praise given to the Lord. Next week I am going to be writing about how we can incorporate worship as a part of our LIFE group meetings. I want to know if your group has ever participated in worship together in your group? What inspired you to bring this aspect into your group? Are you still worshiping with your group?

Please click on the comment link below to leave your comments. I look forward to hearing from you!

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