RPC Small Group Leader Newsletter - June 2017

Summer Edition

Small Groups On Mission - Get Your Feet Wet

Local Mission Opportunities

Summer is here and so are the many opportunities to engage and to serve personally, as a family, as a SMALL GROUP! Our local ministry partners are looking for volunteers throughout the summer that desire to impact their community. Volunteer with one of these ministries or contact the missions team; they would love to help your small group connect to the local mission field.

Chin Community Ministry - Volunteer for the summer reading program for Chin students Pre-k thru 6th grade. This opportunity is Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 27 from 3:00 - 4:30. You can sign up for one day or every day. Be a part of one of the most important initiatives to help Chin students succeed in school. For more information visit or email Janet Peavler to sign up.

Christian Community Action – Volunteer to become a Job Readiness Trainer to others in your community. CCA will train you to teach their Take Action training class that helps teach others how to complete a resume and assess skills, learn interviewing strategies and job searching techniques. Contact CCA for more information.

Nursing Home Ministry - The second Sunday morning of each month, faithful RockPointe members lead worship at the Rambling Oaks Courtyard and at Avalon Alzheimer’s Care Facility. Contact Mike & Amanda and join them on their mission of loving and serving the elderly.

Shepherding Your Small Group

Here are some tips for shepherding your small group:

  1. Bible Reading Plans in You Version . Download the app from this site and search bible reading plans. A great one is entitled Small Groups, Huge Growth!
  2. Studies available in RightNow Media. Contact Marcie Rumsey to request a login.
  3. Study the Love One Another's of Scripture - Books are available free for leaders and $8.00 for members

Love One Another Tip: Comfort One Another

"Where have you been?" the mother questioned.

The little girl replied, "On my way home I met a friend who was crying because she had broken her doll."

"Oh", said her mother, "then you stopped to help her fix the doll?"

"No," replied the little girl, "I stopped to help her cry."

The Webster Dictionary defines the verb comfort as "to ease the grief or trouble of; to give strength and hope to." Pastor Jess Moody says this about comfort, "Have you ever taken a real trip down inside the broken heart of a friend? To feel the sob of the soul - the raw, red crucible of emotional agony? To have this become almost as much yours as that of your soul-crushed friend? Then to sit down with him - and silently weep? This is the beginning of compassion."

Dr. Don McMinn shared the following practical ways to Comfort One Another in his book entitled "Love One Another - 20 Practical Lessons".

  1. Learn to sense when people need comfort and be willing and available to minister to them. With hurting people all around us, we must be discerning, willing and available.
  2. When someone is hurting, if possible, enter their physical world. Comfort is best administered in person.
  3. Enter their mental and emotional world. Prior to administering comfort it helps to understand what a person is thinking and feeling.
  4. Listen. A good comforter must be a good listener.
  5. When someone needs comfort, avoid these unproductive responses:
  • Advice/Instruction - Don't offer steps of action to solve the problem
  • Logic/Reasoning - Don't be logical and try and explain why something happened
  • Pep Talk - Don't be a cheer leader
  • Minimize - Don't minimize what the person is feeling
  • Anger - Don't express anger about the situation
  • Martyr's complex - Don't express how you had a similar hurt that was worse
  • Personal Fear/Anxiety - Don't express fear or anxiety that what happened to your friend is going to impact you
  • Silence/Neglect - Not saying anything
  • Mr. Fix It - Don't take control and try and fix it
  • Spiritualizing - Don't say things like "God will work it out", etc.

While some of these responses may be appropriate after the hurting person has been comforted, they don't work as initial responses. Comfort first, then when appropriate offer advice, spiritual guidance, etc.

6. Learn the "vocabulary" of comfort - "I'm so sorry you are hurting", "It saddens me that you are hurting", "I know you are hurting and I just want to be with you."

7. Use appropriate non-verbal gestures to minister comfort - a warm embrace, holding hands or wiping a fevered brow can bring comfort.

Small Group Testimonies

Upcoming Events - June, July and August 2017

Small Group Leader Reminders

Please remember to do the following on myRPC:

  1. Upload a picture of your small group
  2. Update the members of your group to reflect your group's membership
  3. Take attendance regularly - this is a huge help in letting us know who is actively participating in group life

If you have any questions about using the myRPC application, please contact Mike at

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Randy Riggins | Sr. Associate Pastor

Mary Davis | Small Groups Associate

Mike Davis | Small Groups Associate