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.

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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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Winter 2017, Week 4

We are officially into week four and done with sign ups so our group rosters are pretty much set for the season. Being that we have moved past the sign up time and window for people to try out different groups we will now start to take the turn toward questions that push a little deeper and call for more vulnerability. Usually we wouldn't dive in so heavy in week four but with the new series we are really just going for it. The new series will be about what happens and what we do when our lives get wrecked, we will be looking at the book of Ruth and journeying through her story. This first week is about looking at the times in our lives when we have been wrecked and what that does to us. The hope is that we realize the best option is to return home to God and hopefully learn how to do that. Hopefully it is a great week, thank you for being a leader.

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Winter 2017, Week 3

Hey leaders, for the most part this should be the last week of introducing new people into your groups so please reach out to anyone you think may be a good fit for your group.  This week is about learning our unique gifting and how we contribute to God's bigger plan. Please take this opportunity to encourage the gifts of others in your group and also take some time to discuss how the group may contribute. Have a great week and enjoy getting to know everyone in your group better. Please keep me updated with stories and let me know how things are going. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me.   

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Winter 2017, Week 2

Hopefully your group got off to a great start last week and you are excited for this weeks meeting. To get right to the point I wanted to let all of you know that this week is a bit heavier than we usually go in the first three weeks as we are jumping into finances. I know this is not always the easiest topic for people, but we all agree it is important and the reality is it is a great time to talk about money at the start of the year. So please gauge the comfort level of your group and ask questions accordingly. As always, we trust you as leaders and give you full authority to skip questions as you see fit. Hopefully this is a great week that really has a positive impact on your 2017.  

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Winter 2017, Week 1

Hey Leaders, we are back up and running for another season of groups and I am excited to see what God has in store. I would encourage all of you to take some time and pray for the people on your roster and also those that may be adding on. As we talked about last mid season meeting I think that the leaders heart and walk with God can have a much larger impact than the words we speak and the questions we ask. So please remember to take some time and be still with God and allow Him to prepare our hearts and minds for this season, after all, though we forget at times, He will have the final say and I take a lot of confidence in that and find a lot of peace remembering that. I hope this season far exceeds your expectations and I cant wait to hear and see what comes of it.

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Fall 2016, Week 10

Well leaders, if you are anything like me then you are probably wondering how we are already at the end of the season. Time has flown by and we are at the end of our 10 weeks, we will pick back up in January but before we look ahead to that I want to let you know the plan for this last week. Scott will be kicking off a new series on Sunday, but instead of doing questions for just one week we are going to use this week to recap the season and also take the time to encourage each member of the group. Please use this last meeting as a time to hang out and maybe share some food or snacks but more importantly share the stories and highlights of the season we just came through. As leaders, I would ask that you would please let me know the major highlights so we can possibly share them with the whole church on a Sunday or at least with other leaders. Also if you could please make sure to fill out the leader survey and also have each member of your group fill out the participant survey both of those are great tools for making groups the best they can be. 

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Fall 2016, Week 9

Leaders, we are almost at the end of the season and this will be the last week with a full slate of questions and discussion time. This week will address what we talked about on Sunday but more so will be a review of the entire series that we have been in for the past five weeks. Please use this time for questions and also to plan out what you want to do next week. Some groups will do a big potluck and others just treat it as a normal group, there will be a few questions but I will also have a survey that I will be asking all of you to have every member fill out. It is also the time to see who will remain a part of the group for the winter season. Enjoy the last "normal" group of this season and thank you for doing a great job leading! 

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