Fall Week 10 Legacy Final week

Leaders, we are at the end of the fall season and will begin the winter season the middle of January.  I hope you will enjoy the break and the Christmas season. As usual, at the end of each season, we have a survey for each one in our group to take which will help us find out what we can do to improve.  The link to the survey for people in our groups is included in this week’s questions. Here is a link for the leaders’ survey: https://goo.gl/forms/pCeUMWw0EGHRRYzV2.  Please take the time to fill it out.

Before we take our break, though, I want to thank you for the time and energy that you have invested. I had someone who was new to our church and area tell me this past season that their group was “literally the best thing” that had happened to them in the whole move and was the source of almost all the good things they have experienced being in the Bay Area. They also told me that their relationship with God is in a whole new place now because of their group. To hear things like that reminds me of how impactful groups are in people’s lives. So again thank you for making stories like that happen and for investing into the life of others and joining with Christ in his mission to make disciples. I really appreciate all that you have done and continue to do.

Thank you!

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Fall Week 9 Legacy

Hey, leaders.  As we head into the final week of this fall’s message-based questions, I want to let you know that they have been intentionally written for you to be able to dive in deeper. Please make sure you read through the questions first so you know how you want to direct them and maybe even make them more specific for certain people in your group. As always, please take some time to pray for direction and beneficial conversations. Some of these things can quickly get to the foundation of our faith that really defines our relationship with Christ, so if you see opportunities, please go for it.

For next week, if you can make it work for your group, we always recommend trying to incorporate some food and creating a family-style feel as we recap and wrap up the final week of the season.  This week is a good time to plan for that and for setting up a hang-out or two between the seasons.

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Fall Week 8 Legacy

Hey Leaders, we are down to three weeks left before the end of the season, and I hope that your group is finishing strong. Scott is beginning a new message series that will take us through the end of this CG season--a study from the book of 1 John.  John wrote the book near the end of his life and expressed what he wanted to leave behind and what he deemed important for the Christ followers to remember and also live out. We are calling this series “Legacy” and will be taking a look at the things we are passing on to others and what is really most important to us. My hope is that as groups we will really be able to dig in with one another and challenge each other to live out what we say is most important.

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Fall Week 7 three reasons

Leaders, we are somehow already into week seven and we are also at the end of the current series. Because of that this week will be a little different, instead of asking questions based entirely on Sunday’s message, this week we will be going over the whole series for a recap. We will also be using this week as a chance to pause and update each other about our personal lives, catch people up on what is going on and how we are doing. Also taking time to check in to see how this season has challenged us and also how we are doing at applying things to life. Have a great week and we will be back to our usual style next week.

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Fall Week 6 three reasons

Hey leaders, by this time we are at a place in the season that we assume you are fairly comfortable with the others in your group so the questions will move to be mostly personal from here on out. Please use these to really engage others in your group and take the time to really draw people out. We want to get to what really matters by this time so we do not get to the end of the season and feel like we ran out of time.

If your group is not at the depth you think it should be, maybe take a meeting and do not go over any questions just ask people to give the rest of the group an update on their life, how they are doing and where they feel like they are currently with God. Wherever you and your group are, I hope this is a great week. Thanks you for leading and serving like you do.

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Fall Week 5 three reasons

Hey, leaders, as we are off and rolling for this season, I want to give you all a big “thank you!” This season we added forty new people to groups, and we have grown across the board. On top of that, I was just talking to two women yesterday who told me their group was literally the reason they stayed at the Church and why they got connected and are now connected with others in the group who have become their closest friends. They also told me it is the thing that got their walk with God headed back in the right direction.

I share that with you to remind you that what you are doing deeply matters, and it is changing the lives of those around us, as well as, hopefully, your own. Please do not miss the connection to what you do with the fact that the church has added 40 new people to groups. A lot of you helped make food on the Sundays we were signing people up for groups, and you talked to people in the lobby, made them feel welcome, and did so many other things that led to people giving it a shot.

Lastly, people do not sign up for things that sound terrible, so thanks for giving groups a good reputation so that people want to be a part of them. I appreciate all of you.

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Fall week 3 Woven

Leaders, we are into week three and will be closing groups after Sunday.  If you have any new people who you may be adding, please make that happen soon. Hopefully your group is starting to connect and relationships are getting deeper. Remember, the goal of this season is to take those next steps toward vulnerability and being more like a family. This week we are closing out the Woven marriage series by looking at what influences us more than anything else--our faith. This will be a great opportunity to dive into what Christ calls us to be in relationships, so have a great week.

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Fall week 2 Woven

Hey Leaders, I hope that week one went great and that you are getting back into the swing of things. This week we are still in our marriage series and will be talking about conflict. This will not be quite as light hearted as most week twos usually are, but we tried not to make it excessively heavy. As always, please feel free to skip a question if you feel like that would be best; you can use this time to accelerate the depth and push into the significant. Also, please remember to take some time to ask God for wisdom, guidance, and his peace since that will always have more impact on your group than anything else.

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Fall Week 1! The Kickoff

Leaders, I am thrilled that it is September and Community Groups are back. There are many things in the life of the church and the people of the church that I think Community Groups are the answer to. I know that as the Groups Pastor I am supposed to think that, but I truly believe it. The more I see the extreme lack of relationships and connections in our valley and the staggering amount of people who are walking through life totally unknown, the more it just makes me believe that Groups are so vital and such a missing element. The struggle is that people who have not had something don't realize they are missing something. But this is where you come in, super-hero-like leaders ready to show others that God did not create us to fly solo. We were created to be in community: we need community, we desperately need God, and we also need each other.  This is why I cannot wait to get this season under way, and I look forward to what God is going to do in and through Groups this season, so let's get started.

Have a great week! Here are your resources:

Spring Final Week 2018

Leaders, this is the final week of our groups, and I am reminded as we come to the end of q question I have been frequently asked: “How do we keep the good momentum we have rolling and not lose it for next season with the summer break being so long?” That is a great question that I do not have the perfect answer to, but I think something that really helps--and I strongly recommend--is making sure the group meets together a few times over the summer. Whether it is a BBQ, one of the events at the church, or doing a service project for a need the group knows of, all are great ways to keep the connection and be a tremendous help for bridging the gap and sharing life until September.

As I mentioned earlier, this is the last week, so please enjoy your time together as a group. Also, I ask a few favors of you as we wrap up:

Please fill out the leader’s survey here. Having the responses on the leader’s survey really helps me and the team know where we need to focus and improve, and also what we need to stick with because it is working

Let me know if you intend to lead a group again in September so we can be prepared early.

Give me one to three names of people you think would make good group leaders. We need to add new leaders, and the way we get them is by recommendation, so please take a minute and think of anyone you think may do a good job leading a group.

Finally, leaders, THANK YOU!  I really cannot adequately express the significance your role carries. I get to hear great stories of life change and connection and see relationships grow all throughout the season. I see people walk in on a Sunday and look like a deer in the headlights and then walk out before the last song is even over. Then over time, if things go right, I see one of you leaders reaching out to them, inviting them to your group, and getting them connected. Then usually a short while after I see those same people walk in, give and receive hugs and handshakes, hangout and talk, and feel totally at home. I don’t think the significance of even something as seemingly small as that can be overstated,and all of it happens because people like you as leaders choose to serve and be there for others as Christ calls us to. So thank you!


Spring Week 8 2018

Well, Leaders, we are in week eight of our nine-week Spring Season, so hopefully things have been getting more personal by now and your group is getting very real with each other. This week the questions are fairly direct and should help make the responses more about personal life and not just be general, on-the-surface thought. I trust this week’s discussion helps, and I pray that this season has brought about significant growth for both you and the people in your group and wraps up well.

Also, would you please take time this week or next to fill out the leaders’ survey that is linked below.  If you want feedback from your people on how they thought you did this season, please have them fill out the participant survey. (Michal will compile your group’s responses from that info later and send them off to you.)

Finally, we be hosting the Global Leadership Summit again this coming August 9-10 and would love to have you attend. This is always a great leadership event and benefits all our people who attend, so please, also, bring it up with your group and encourage them to sign up.   

Have a great week! Here are your resources:


Spring Week 7 2018

Happy Mothers Day to all of you moms out there!  It is absolutely insane to think about all that mothers give and are relied on for, and there is no way anyone could say thanks enough. A mother's role is something pretty much all of us have benefited from, so to all of you moms, you are incredible, and we are all thankful for you. Leaders, I think you (who are not moms) are pretty darn great also. It is week seven, so we are going a little deeper. Please keep in mind that the season is nearing its end, so take some risks and push for depth.

Have a great week! Here are your resources:

Spring Week 6 2018

Hello Leaders. As we begin week six, the questions will begin to be a little more personal. Please start to think about how you can begin to push your group deeper as this an opportune time in the season to pursue more personal and important questions.

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Spring Week 4 2018

Hey leaders, the ball has begun to roll as we are back in the swing of groups! Within my own group last week we progressed relationally, and it was very encouraging to witness the joy that comes from being together and truly investing in each other's and God’s plan for our lives. I hope that your group is feeling the same way and I look forward to the rest of this season. Have a great week.

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Spring Week 3 2018

Leaders we are now into week three so this will be the last week for people to try different groups. After this your roster will be set and the questions will start to become more personal. If at this point you still have people on your roster who have not shown up please send me and Michal mschultz@churchinthehill.com their names and any information you have about why they have not shown up to this point and we will follow up with them. This week will be the start of a new series in Hebrews really looking at why and how life with Jesus truly is the best option. Should be a great season to really celebrate and thank God for how great life is with Him. Please let me know of any great stories you think we should share. (obviously with that person’s consent) 


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Spring 2018 Week 2

Leaders, we now move into Week 2 of our Spring season. Hopefully the newer members are now more comfortable than when they originally joined. This week is about living in God's plan, not our own; pursuing His guidance and wisdom.

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Spring 2018 Week 1

Leaders, welcome back from that long one-week break. Hopefully you had a great Easter and were able to really take some time to thank God for loving us as much as He does everyday. My hope is that the joy and peace of that love will motivate each of us this season as we dig into Scripture and relationships in our groups again.

Hopefully you have been able to draw some new people into your group, so the questions this week lean heavily on the get-to-know-you side.  With that in mind, please try to get to know any new people and make them feel comfortable with the responses you give to the questions. We are praying for a great season. 

As always, please share any stories or comments that stand out as the season goes on.

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Winter 2018 Final Week

Leaders, I know that it is a really short break that we have for Easter but before we jump into a new season I want to stop and thank you for the past season. You have probably heard me say before, but I truly believe it. The success of groups is influenced more heavily by the leader than any other factor. You as the facilitator / leader are the most important ingredient in the mix and I want you to know that you are appreciated. These past few seasons groups have really been taking off and gaining positive momentum and to me that is directly related to you as a leader. Thank you for the great work you have done and continue to do, and thank you for using your gifts to serve this body of believers.

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