Life Group Leaders Weekly
WEEK SIX (FEBRUARY 21ST - FEBRUARY 27TH)
"TO CULTIVATE MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS CENTERED ON GOD'S WORD AND PRAYER"
LIFE GROUP UPDATE
Hello Life Group Leaders!
Before I dive into the to-dos of the week, I'd like to take the opportunity to say again, just how incredibly grateful for each and every one of you we are and for the leadership, you provide to this community of believers. Thank you for your efforts, your heart of service, and your wisdom. This week, after morning worship, we will share with you a small token of our appreciation for being our leaders and hosts. If you are not available this weekend or do not receive a Thank you gift from the staff, please connect with me this week and I'll work out a time to deliver it to you.
This week is week six!
As you meet together this week (and the coming weeks), it's time to begin thinking about who would make a good leader or host and who would benefit from an invitation to join our Fall semester
This week, I invite you as Leaders and Hosts to get together and evaluate how things are going at the halfway point in the semester. Begin thinking and praying about who you think would make an ideal candidate as a possible future leader or host. Then consider telling that person you see their gifts and think they would make a great leader and asking that person if they would be interested in leading. We will ask you in two weeks to make a referral.
THIS WEEK - WEEK SIX
B.A.S.I.C. TRAINING - Do Not Worry
Whether athletes, musicians, businesspeople, or a slew of many other professions, skills, and talents, it is often beneficial to “go back to the basics” to continue to grow. The same applies to Christians. All Brothers And Sisters In Christ (“B.A.S.I.C.”) need to be reminded of the basics of our spiritual life, teachings, and practices. The sermons for this Life Group series are based on Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” which focuses on the foundational truths of our spiritual lives. Whether you have heard these passages many times or this is one of your first encounters, we hope you will look and listen to all that God wants to reveal to you through these incredible, poignant, and meaningful lessons. This B.A.S.I.C. Training has the potential to be a life-changing time for you individually, the Life Group, the church, the community, and the world!
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.
- 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.
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