Dates to Know:

Adult Leaders:
Sunday, April 23, 5:00 P.M. – General Meeting
Sunday, August 27, 5:00 P.M. – General Meeting
Sunday, September 24, 5:00 P.M. – General Meeting
Sunday, November 26, 5:00 P.M. – General Meeting

Student/Children’s Leaders:
Sunday, March 26, 5:00 P.M. – General Meeting, be ready to discuss your class mission project, social justice cause, victories, and prayer requests.
Sunday, May 28, 5:00 P.M. – General Meeting
Sunday, August 27, 5:00 P.M. – General Meeting
Sunday, October 22, 5:00 P.M. – General Meeting
Sunday, November 26, 5:00 P.M. – General Meeting

March 5th – send an update to Pastor Shaun regarding your local missions project and where you are in your social justice issue.

Group DNA

Reach

Teach

Care

The Activities of a group should include:

  • Regular scheduled gathering
  • Local mission project
  • A social issue project
  • Regular fellowships (suggested once a month)
  • Missionary support as assigned

Three components of a gathering: Relate…Reflect…Respond

Here is a good outline of the components of a regular gathering. Each month you will receive a sheet with this outline and specific areas of focus for all of our groups. Remember this is a guide for reference and not necessarily a strict schedule to follow.

Relate… 

            Leaders should share the following each week (or as scheduled):

  1. Encourage your group to study the Word and pray every day. Spend time keeping each other accountable and, as needed, finding ways to help each other.
  2. Plan with your class to be involved in a ministry project for 2017.
  3. Each class is assigned a missionary/missions organization every month. Some ways that you can support are: prayer, cards, collecting money throughout the month, etc…
  4. Share about ministry opportunities within the church encouraging everyone has a place and to find it in the body of Christ.
  5. Become educated about a social justice issue (i.e. orphan care, abortion, trafficking, poverty, prison, etc…) and plan a group event for 2017 to get involved.

Prayer – during your prayer time remember to encourage your groups to pray through our weekly prayer focus. You can find it on our website or paper copies are available in the general meeting areas of building B and D.

Reflect…

Review – a time to review the truths discussed last week and report on how members have had success or frustrations in applying those truths during the week. The leader will want to provide encouragements and shepherding during this time. Periodically, the leader will also want to review the gospel and allow members to share about opportunities they’ve had to share the gospel. After sharing it could be an appropriate time to pray for struggles regarding the application of truths.

Continue your time by teaching from God’s word (lesson from your literature, book, study, etc…) and reflect on it’s implication for our lives. Encourage your group to bring their Bibles and not rely solely on their literature.

Discuss – Throughout the lesson focus on these aspects and ask these questions of the Scripture:

Head – What does God want me to know?
Heart – What does God want me to desire/value?
Hands – What does God want me to do?

Respond…

This is usually covered in the material. Use these other questions to supplement.

  • What are some of the main truths that God wants you to know from the lesson?
  • How do your thoughts need to adjust to align with these truths?
  • According to the truths from the lesson, what does God want you to value?
  • How do your values need to change to align with His values?
  • What actions does God want you to take according to the truths of this lesson?
  • What is an action that you can start to implement today or tomorrow?

Close in prayer, praying for each other, specifically for strength in the application of these truths and for the lost people with whom you are seeking to share the gospel.

Lynn Kennedy, Shattering Darkness Ministries

January – Amazing Grace

February – College and Career

March – DIGG

April – Pre-K/ K, Bended Knee

May – Newly and Nearly Married

June – Grades 1-3, Rays of Sunshine

July – Young Couples

August – Grades 4-6

September – Youth Middle, Upper Room

October – Youth High, New Beginnings

November – Nursery/Toddlers, Lighthouse

December – Friendly

Michael and Jane Nales, Rromani Ministries

January – Young Couples

February – Grades 4-6

March – Youth Middle, Upper Room

April – Youth High, New Beginnings

May – Nursery/Toddlers, Lighthouse

June – Friendly

July – Amazing Grace

August – College and Career

September – DIGG

October – Pre-K/ K, Bended Knee

November – Newly and Nearly Married

December – Grades 1-3, Rays of Sunshine

Family in Southeast Asia

January – Youth High, New Beginnings

February – Nursery/Toddlers, Lighthouse

March – Friendly

April – Amazing Grace

May – College and Career

June – DIGG

July – Pre-K/ K, Bended Knee

August – Newly and Nearly Married

September – Grades 1-3, Rays of Sunshine

October – Young Couples

November – Grades 4-6

December – Youth Middle, Upper Room

Internet Resources:

Explore the Bible: Blog of sessions from Explore the Bible

Bible Studies for Life: Blog of sessions from Bible Studies for Life

Lifeway.com: Various Videos and Articles

Blue Letter Bible: Articles, videos, commentaries, teaching helps, reading plans, a good resource for study

Bible Gateway: different versions, plans, devotions

Ligonier: monthly subscription required, fantastic resource of video, audio, and written teaching

Precept Austin: excellent source for verse by verse study

Thom Rainer: blog and podcast on various church related topics. A great source for answering practical church related questions.