Fall 2017, Week 6

Hey, Leaders!  As crazy as this is, we are already past the halfway point in the season. I hope that your group members feel like you have grown together and are really working to apply the Bible to daily life. As we are now past the halfway point, we are starting the transition to deeper and more personal questions. Please make sure to take a look at the questions ahead of time and pick out the ones you want to focus on and the ones that would be best for your group to skip over. As a reminder in case you have not looked at the schedule lately, we will have a CG leader meeting on October 22nd during the 9AM service. 

This week is about love being an action and this funny clip from Dan in Real life came to mind. No point with this, other than a good laugh. 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Have a great group!

Here are this week's resources:

·  Leader Guide

·  Questions

·  Ideal meeting schedule

·  2017-2018 Community Group Schedule

·  Leader Insights from kickoff training dinner

Fall 2017, Week 5

Hey leaders, we are in week five, and I hope your group is going great. This has been a very life-changing series for my group, and I hope it has been the same for yours. Hopefully you have received a call by now, but I want to remind you of the change this season with the addition of coaching for our leaders. We are asking that you use the grow model we have laid out, which will be the foundation for our conversations as the season goes on. The goal is that we will become more strategic and impactful as leaders, so in case you do not remember how we are using the model, I have it laid out below. 

·         G is the week’s Goals.  This is not something the whole group sits down and talks about; it is something you as the leader decides. For example, you might decide that this week you will get Eric more involved and comfortable by having Jose talk to him before group or by asking him his answer to the first ice breaker question. 

·         R is the Reality of the current situation.  You determine how far or close to the goal you are and whether the goal is achievable. 

·         O is for the Obstacles or Opportunities that currently exist.

·         W is the Way forward--the action steps for the week that you will follow up with next week. 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Have a great group!

Here are this week's resources:

·  Leader Guide

·  Questions

·  Ideal meeting schedule

·  2017-2018 Community Group Schedule

·  Leader Insights from kickoff training dinner

Fall 2017, Week 4

Hey Leaders, now that we are in week four, from this point on our groups will be closed to newcomers, other than new people to the church who are looking for a group. Even in that case you will be contacted, and we will decide if we should add someone to your group at that time.  We do that because the questions are becoming a little more personal and will add more depth to our discussions. Please be mindful of this and take time to ask follow-up questions to push a little deeper. 

This week we plan to get more into the swing of coaching, and either Steve Grizzle or I will be calling you to follow up on how you are doing with your group, using  the GROW model as a basis for our conversation. In case you did not get a call last week, let me explain it:

·         G is the week’s Goals.  This is not something the whole group sits down and talks about; it is something you as the leader decides. For example, you might decide that this week you will get Eric more involved and comfortable by having Jose talk to him before group or by asking him his answer to the first ice breaker question. 

·         R is the Reality of the current situation.  You determine how far or close to the goal you are and whether the goal is achievable. 

·         O is for the Obstacles or Opportunities that currently exist.

·         W is the Way forward--the action steps for the week that you will follow up with next week. 

 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Have a great group!

Here are this week's resources:

·  Leader Guide

·  Questions

·  Ideal meeting schedule

·  2017-2018 Community Group Schedule

·  Leader Insights from kickoff training dinner

Fall 2017, Week 3

Hey Leaders it is week three so this will be the last week that we still allow open sign ups. From week four on groups are closed to everyone except people who are new to the church and even in that case you will be asked before someone is added to your group. The questions will begin to get a little deeper this week so feel free to skip ones like question six if your group is not ready for it. I am hoping that your groups is going great and that you are enjoying the changeology series. Have a great week!As always please let me know is you have any questions or comments. 

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Fall 2017, Week 2

Well Leaders, I hope that you had a great first meeting and are looking forward to this next meeting. We will be in this Changeology series for most of this season so because of that we are not going to jump into the deep questions of what do you most want and need to change in your life. Instead we are going to learn the process of how we actually change and to take a slow healthy approach that leads to lifelong changes. So please take your time and make sure your group gets to know each other and builds trust. Obviously your group needs to become a safe place for everyone before they will be willing to talk through any significant things they may need to change. As always please let me know is you have any questions or comments. 

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Fall 2017, Week 1

Leaders we are back! Community Groups are back in session and I don't know about you but I am excited. Apparently you have all been doing an incredible job and and people are starting to understand just how great and impactful groups can be, and because of that glimpse and God moving in people's hearts we have nine new leaders and eight new groups. That is a huge jump for us and great news and any way you look at it in my opinion that increase can be directly linked to all of you as leaders. You all have done a great job and raised the bar for groups and people's lives are changing and others are wanting in. I can not wait to see what this season holds as we keep moving in the right direction.  

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Spring 2017, Week 7

Leaders, This is our last meeting of the season! Hopefully you having a fun get together with your group and taking the time to celebrate and highlight this past season. As we usually do, one of the questions asks for group members to go around and encourage one another. I know that this is not easy to start but I highly encourage giving it a shot as it has an incredible power to bring the group together and also raise the vulnerability, on top of that it encourages people and makes them feel loved and we all could use that.  Finally, if you would please fill out a leader survey to help us as a team get better and have your members fill out a participant survey to help your group get better. I know these are helpful IF they get filled out, but we have had very few filled out so please find a way to make this happen this season. Lastly, if your group decides to do a service project this season, please let me know. I hope this week will be a great meeting and as always please share any highlight stories.   

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Spring 2017, Week 6

Leaders, we knew going into this season that it was going to be a short one, but this season has flown by. This week will be pretty packed so be aware of your group time as this will be a really easy one to go over on time. This is the second to last week of the season and it will be the last week with the usual question structure. For the last week we recommend a celebration of some sort whether it be a BBQ or a game night, just something to celebrate and cap off the season that is a fun time. Also this past season my group chose to do a half day service project of going to a elderly woman's house from our church and helping her take care of her yard and clean out her shed. Adding the service element was a huge success for our group and was one of the best things we have done as a group so I highly recommend trying to add one at the end of each season if your group can. Both the fun and service obviously need to be planned ahead so I suggest bringing them up this week to try to plan it or just see if people are into it. If you need suggestions of service projects please ask Susan Ellis sellis@churchonthehill.com or just ask for suggestions from the group. Please feel free to help a group member, sometimes that is the most impactful. Finally, if you would please fill out a leader survey to help us as a team get better and have your members fill out a participant survey to help your group get better. I know these are helpful IF they get filled out, but we have had very few filled out so please find a way to make this happen this season. I hope this week will be a great meeting and as always please share any highlight stories.   

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Spring 2017, Week 5

We are in week 5 of our Jesus is ______. series and covering the "Jesus is here" section of the book. This week the book is driving home the point that we are "the one that Jesus loves" and at one point asks how good does God have to be before we will believe He is for us? As leaders we get the chance to push on people the ridiculous love that God has for each one of us and talk about what it means to have the holy spirit with us always. This season is very short and we only have three more meetings including this one so please feel free to dive in and push for depth as the season is already winding down. This should be a great week getting to talk about the fact that we are never alone and have incredible power dwelling within us. I hope you enjoy this week and have a great group! 

Happy Mother's day to all of you Moms. I have a two year old, that means I have an incredible amount of respect for all that it takes to be a Mom.

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Spring 2017, Week 4

We are in week 4 of our Jesus is ______. series and covering the "Jesus is the point and Jesus is happy" sections of the book. This week Scott is combining two sections of the book and calling it Jesus is life. I know that seems very large and general and super churchy. However as cliché as it seems I think we would all agree there is a deep truth to it. It is amazing to me that when my soul is right with God it really is true that it changes everything. This is a tremendously important thing for others to see because I think it is what makes people ask what is different. That is why I want to give a sincere thank you to all of you as leaders, Usually people grow with Christ or come to know Christ because someone else had a relationship with Him and it looked appealing so they asked questions and tried doing life in a new way. I believe that is what all of you do as leaders, you help others want to take the next step and also show them how. What you do is more important and valuable than I could ever express and I want you to know you are appreciated.    I hope you enjoy this week and have a great group! 

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Spring 2017, Week 3

We are in week 3 of our Jesus is ______. series and covering the "Jesus is Grace" section of the book. This week will be the last week for new people to join groups being that it is only a seven week season. This week we are talking about the incredible and amazing Grace that God shows in Jesus Christ. Please remember to read the section of the book also as it will add a lot to the discussion and also be something I am guessing all of you will enjoy. I have already heard a lot of positive comments around the idea Judah Smith puts forth to think of grace as the man Jesus Christ and not just an idea but a relationship. I hope you enjoy this week and have a great group! 

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Spring 2017, Week 2

Leaders,  We are in week two and also picking up with the Jesus is ______. book a bit more this week. Please have your group read the "Jesus is friend" section before this weeks meeting. We are in week two but please keep in mind that this is a short seven week season so gauge accordingly but also push the depth a bit to make sure the season is meaningful. I hope you have a great week and enjoy the book and discussion!

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Spring 2017, Week 1

Welcome back, leaders.  We are off and running for our Spring season. Our hope is that you have some new people from Easter sign-ups in your group; and if you do, please make them feel welcome. The questions have been written with new people in mind, so they are fairly light and should give you the ability to really focus on getting to know each other and just having rabbit trail conversations about what people think about Jesus. Now if your group doesn’t have any new people and the questions seem too light, I will try to add a few options to go deeper; but as always, feel free to tweak them for your group.

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Winter 2017, Week 11

As we enter the last week of the season the first thing that I want to say to all of you as leaders is Thank you! As I continue to read books and look at Community Group information and listen to others in similar positions I become more and more convinced of the importance of healthy Community Groups. The role that you play in the ministry of the church and the development of people's spiritual lives can not be over stated. For some crazy reason God has chosen to use people to bring other people to Him and join Him in His ministry of reconciliation. Grateful we get to do this together. 

As I said above this is the last week so the questions will be different and PLEASE fill out the survey and ask your group members to do so also.

CG Leader Survey  CLICK HERE

CG Participant Survey  CLICK HERE

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Winter 2017, Week 10

Here we are with this week and then one more to go before this season comes to a close. I hope that this season has been full of great stories, laughs and significant life change for all of you. The role you play in the ministry the church gets to be a part of is vital to what we are striving for. Seeing so many people connecting to others in the church and digging in to God's word together is what groups is all about and that has been taking place all season, and for that we are extremely excited. Thank you for walking with people, for leading out with vulnerability, for opening your homes and for investing in the spiritual lives of others and for actively living out the ministry of reconciliation that Christ has called us to. As we close out the season in these last two weeks, this will be the last week with a regular full set of questions. Next week will be looking to next season and also for most of you hopefully it will be a celebration hang out time or even a service project. Please plan this week how you would like to close out the season with your group next week.

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Winter 2017, Week 9

Hey Leaders, Thanks again for your time and thoughts last Sunday, as a reminder if you could please let me know your recommendations for other potential leaders and also kick around the idea of a service project with your group to end out the season those were some of our main action items. This week we are kicking off a new series called "Strong" in which we will be taking a look at the armor of God talked about in Ephesians 6. Don't worry I am fairly sure Scott has no intention of bringing out the fake armor suit or the cheesy old fake Roman soldier costume, but instead we will be asking how do we make ourselves stronger in our faith so we can stand firm and what is our role and what is God's role in that growth process. Hopefully you have a great week and as always if you have any great CG stories to share please let me know!

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Winter 2017, Week 8

Hey leaders, we are in the last quarter of the season now and I hope that your groups are really going great, growing spiritually and also relationally with each other. By this point things should be pretty deep and meaningful and this week should add to that as we talk about God redeeming our lives and also asking where we most want to see His redemption currently. Enjoy your time together and remember all that God has done and allow that to shine light and hope on what He may be doing now. Finally, please begin to discuss what your group may be able to do as a service project to close out the season with.  

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Winter 2017, Week 6

To me it seems like we just kicked off this season a short time ago, but we are already at the halfway point which means it is time for a leader get together. It is always something I look forward to having the opportunity to learn from other leaders and also share stories of what God is doing in the groups at our church. We are very blessed to have the leaders that we do and I know that we all do better when we function as a team. So now for the tough part...scheduling. Last season having the meeting on a Sunday seemed to work best so we will do that again. Please take a moment to fill out when you are available by clicking this link. I look forward to our time together!

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Winter 2017, Week 5

Hey leaders being that we are in week five, please ask someone else in your group to lead the discussion this week. This is healthy for many reasons that I am sure most of you can see so I will not get into all the reasons. Please let the person know ahead of time so they can prepare and help them as they need it, but make sure not to make them lead the way you do. It is great for the group to experience different styles and allows people to be themselves and use their unique gifting. Have a great week!

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