Life Group Leaders Weekly
Week Nine (November 15 - November 21)
"TO CULTIVATE MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS CENTERED ON GOD'S WORD AND PRAYER"
LIFE GROUP UPDATE
Wow! We made it to the end! This is officially the last week of Fall Life Groups. Now is the time for your group to reflect on your semester and all that God has done.
Consider asking these two questions together with your group this week:
- 'What was the biggest sacrifice you had to make in order to participate in this Life Group?'
- 'What was the biggest joy you are taking away from being in this group?
I hope and pray you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving and Christmas season!
Save the Date!
Spring Group Sign-ups: January 3rd, 10th, 17th
Spring Essentials Training (but not training): Thursday, January 7th
Spring Semester: Week 1 - Starts: January 17th - Week 9 - Ends: March 19th
In your mailbox, you will find an envelope with a cover letter, feedback forms, and a roster sheet. THIS week (Week 9: November 15th - 21st) you will walk your group through filling out these forms. Please, please, please take the time as a group to fill out these forms. We ask because we have found that groups who offer their members the option to complete them at home are not as likely to return all the forms. We've even had members miss out on the opportunity to remain in their preferred group.
So please take note: Disperse AND collect them that same night, put them in an envelope, and hand them in at the office (or you can place them in Nancy's mailbox) no later than Sunday, November 22nd.
LEADING/HOSTING IN THE SPRING:
Many of you have already responded to Sarah's calls to let us know of your plans for the Spring semester. We are excited that so many of you are planning to lead once more. We know the incredible commitment of time and energy it requires to lead and host a group, so we are incredibly grateful for your hard work and dedication to ensuring First CRC is a place where people can have meaningful relationships centered on God's Word and Prayer. This is only possible because of you. THANK YOU.
If you haven't let us know your plans yet, please give me an email or call as soon as possible.
GOALS FOR THIS WEEK
- Relationships! - Set aside ample social time for group members to mingle and to get to know one another each week.
- Prayer - Thank God for how he has brought your group together.
- Feedback Forms - Take some time at the beginning of your meeting to ask your group to complete this semester's Feedback Forms.
- Homework - Remember, it's not about answering all the questions. Let the homework be a resource to help engage our mission statement, not an end to itself.
- Referrals - Begin brainstorming who in your group (or outside of your group) would make a great Leader or Host.
THIS WEEK - Week Nine!
Breaking Strongholds - Lawlessness
Among other things, God is a “law-giver.” All nature moves in harmony with these “laws.” Anarchy is a direct threat to “law and order” and yields a complete collapse of the very thing humanity was uniquely designed for: namely “community” OR “fellowship” with God and one another. Every generation struggles with the tension between “licentiousness” and “legalism.” Our current struggle with this issue is centered on the role and function of police forces in connection with the rule of law and a sense of community. The “wisdom” portion of the Bible is mostly about that. Common sense is about that. The written “legal-code” is about that, and “case-law” is about that.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
MISSION - To Cultivate meaningful relationships centered on God's Word and prayer": Help us avoid "Mission Creep". Mission creep is the idea that despite articulating a mission or vision, over time it will turn into something else. In the context of groups, we may eventually find ourselves spending the majority of our time on other meaningful issues such as: answering all the questions, evangelism, discipleship, or issues pertaining to our society/world. While each of these is important, we encourage you to help us and your groups avoid mission creep by spending group time on what matters most - relationships centered on God's Word and Prayer.
GROUP CARE: When life happens to one of your group members (hospitalization, moving, or going through transition) help your group mobilize into a care unit that makes meals, visits, prays, and maybe even sends cards/letters. Not only will this bless you and them richly, but your group will also be meeting legitimate needs for one another in the context of Christian love and service while growing together as a group.
Serve opportunities look a little different this year because community contact has been limited out of concerns for COVID-19. As needs arise we will reach out to your groups. If you'd like to get a few people together from your group to serve should the needs arise, great! OR (this semester) if your group has personal ideas for how to serve and would like to serve together, we encourage you to do that too. *Please be mindful of serve opportunities that require participants to contribute financially as it may make some uncomfortable.
LEADER TOOLS - Our Leader Tools Page is updated weekly on our church website.
- Leader's Weekly
- Sermon Guide
- And more!
Check out our Leader Tools Page here: http://hanfordcrc.org/lifegroups/leader-tools
**For group participants that are not currently attending our regular Sunday morning services, or who were unable to attend, please invite them to find the homework guide online here: http://hanfordcrc.org/livestream/sermon-guides