Thank you for being a part of a Small Group. You are helping to move people from rows to circles and we know that God will bless you and grow your faith through this experience.
My prayer for you and your group is that you will continue to grow in your understanding and love of Jesus Christ AND that your group may grow in number!
Summer Study Options
NEHEMIAH: A HEART THAT CAN BREAK By Kelly Minter
Kelly Minter is offering a 6-Week Summer Online Bible Study on the book of Nehemiah beginning June 22.
Here is a brief word from Kelly:
When I first wrote this Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break, my hometown of Nashville had just been hit with a hundred-year flood, destroying homes and jobs. We had a lot of rebuilding to do. A few months before that season the Holy Spirit led me to study the book of Nehemiah. I had no idea how timely it would be. While Jerusalem (and parts of Nashville at the time) needed to be rebuilt, more importantly, its people needed to be restored. How timely that feels for our current day! Which is why I wanted to bring this study back while offering fresh teaching videos that relate to the moment. The videos are free!
For more information, visit www.kellyminter.com/nehemiah
JESUS: A GOD WHO KNOWS YOUR NAME,
For thirty-three years Jesus felt everything that we have ever felt: weakness, weariness, rejections. He got colds. His feet grew tired. His head ached. To think of Jesus in such terms, says Max Lucado, almost seems irreverent. It is much easier to keep the humanity out of the incarnation. Clean up the manure from around the manger. Pretend he never snored or hit his thumb with a hammer. There is something about keeping Jesus divine that keeps him distant, packaged, and predictable. Max's goal in this study is for us to simply get to know Jesus; then we will understand more clearly the people we were created to be.
NO MORE EXCUSES 90-DAY DEVOTIONAL FOR MEN by Tony Evens
The new No More Excuses 90-Day Devotional for Men gives you one-minute reads that inspire all-day contemplation. For more details,
True faith produces fruit. A faith without action and without life change is ultimately a dead faith. The book of James speaks to the realities of a living faith in Jesus—the kind of roll-up-your-sleeves and get-your-hands-dirty discipleship that is borne out of an authentic relationship with the risen Lord. Francis Chan unpacks the dense truth contained in the book of James in front of the iconic backdrop of San Francisco, the city where he lives and ministers. This study is now available on RightNow Media.
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, By Craig and Amy Groeschel
Everyone dreams of a fairy-tale marriage - the perfect spouse, the perfect home, the perfect family. But reality tells us that these expectations don't hold up very long. Many studies indicate that close to fifty percent of marriages don't make it. With those odds, is it even possible to have a good marriage- let alone a great one? New York Times bestselling author and pastor Craig Groeschel insists you can...but not if you approach it like everyone else does. This study is available on RightNowMedia.
THE 12 NEIGHBORS
The 12 Neighbors film series asks, "What does it really mean to love your neighbor?" It features amazing people sharing their life experiences and unique insights into poverty and marginalization. Through powerful storytelling and original music, these films will both educate and inspire you to think differently about what it means to love others and to help affect real change. Learn the 5 practical keys to really loving your neighbor, and deepen your own experience of the full life. Watch, discuss, and take action together as a group. CLICK HERE. Visit 12 Neighbors – www.12neighbors.org
Ice Breaker Ideas
Using icebreakers before the start of a Small Group meeting is a great way to break down barriers and create a more open, connected environment.
CLICK HERE for a few game ideas.
7 Types of Questions to Ask in Group
- Launching These are open questions used to kick off a discussion. Example: What are some of the questions you wish you could ask God in person?
- Clarifying These questions help guide your group toward accumulated facts by urging them to define, clarify, explain, or compare and contrast. Clarifying questions are particularly useful for bringing the group back on topic when they've begun to stray. Example: Can we back up for a second? What was going through your mind when he said that to you?
- Follow-Up These questions draw the entire group into a discussion after a single member has answered a question or expressed an opinion. Example: That's really powerful. Thank you for sharing. Has anyone else ever experienced something like that?
Using launching, clarifying, and following-up questions requires intentionality and a little practice. But making the effort can free your group discussions from routine and help the people you lead to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
- Summarizing These questions help a group go deeper by consolidating the ideas they've been discussing. Example: Do you see some common threads between what you've said and what Ellen was saying?
- Applying These questions help the group make a connection between the material you're discussing and their lives. Example: Based on what we've talked about, what are some things you can do to resolve your conflict with your brother?
- Reversing Reversing questions pose a question back to the person who originally asked it. You don't want to overuse reversing questions because they may become irritating or seem condescending. The more people think through a problem and come to their own conclusions, the more they own those conclusions. Example: That's a great question. I don't have a quick answer. What are your thoughts?
- Relaying Use relaying questions to turn a question you've been asked over to the group or to a specific group member. Relaying questions help a group to work through an issue rather than rely on you to provide answers. Example: That's a great question. I don't know. What do you guys think?
Asking great questions is one of the most useful skills you can add to your leadership toolbox. It's both strategically smart and relationally powerful.
RightNow Media is a FREE gift from CPC where you can view thousands of great personal and group studies relating to parenting, finance, discipleship, youth and children's topics plus a library of leadership training and events. Once registered, you can invite others to join you (it's free for them too!). These rich and diverse resources will aid in your spiritual formation helping you to live out your faith in every day life.
Online Options for Your Small Group
With the coronavirus situation as it is, it is important to follow the guidelines set forth by our leaders. As a result, many of you are no longer able to gather as a small group, although I want to encourage you to consider trying some creative ways to continue to connect with your group.
For meeting for ten people or less, we advise Google Hangouts which can be right from your Gmail calendar:
- Go to your Google Mail calendar.
- Schedule a meeting.
- Invite others.
- Guests will join by clicking on the “Join Hangouts Meet” link in the invite or they can also choose “Join by Phone” and can call the number listed.
- Each Google Hangout can have only 10 people but can be unlimited in length of time.
For meetings up to 100 people, use Zoom:
- Go to https://zoom.us/
- Sign up by entering your email address.
- Check that email for a message from Zoom.
- You will see this in your inbox. Click on “Activate Account.”
- Create an account by entering your first and last name and creating a password.
- You can invite your friends to Zoom if you know their email or simply skip that step for now.
- Click on Start a Meeting Now” or, you can copy the meeting link and paste it into an email or text message to your small group.
- When you are ready to schedule a meeting, click on the upper right where it says “Schedule a Meeting.”
Each Zoom meeting can have 100 participants and last only 40 minutes. If you need longer, you’ll need to schedule another meeting to start right after that and have everyone rejoin the call.
Time To Update Your Small Group Info?
As you begin to think about your group starting up again…I would LOVE to know what you are planning to study and when you are planning to start again. Please take just a couple of minutes to fill out THIS FORM
New Leader Resources
- Tips for Leading Well
- Characteristics of A Healthy Group (PDF) and Video (must use Google Chrome or Firefox to view the video)
Contact Heather Muncy
CPC Director of Connect