The small group leader was overwhelmed and exhausted. She did not see what she had expected: she was tired and discouraged. She had to do more but she didn’t have a clue what that should be. She cried out to God in prayer.
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To follow Jesus and become a fisher of men, we need to do what Jesus did. He spent time with those who were lost and needed a Savior. We cannot catch any fish by casting our fishing poles on the ground and we cannot win the lost from our comfortable church pew.
On April 15-17, thousands from the CRC will be gathering to pray for our denomination at the 2013 Prayer Summit and in homes and churches across North America and around the world. Your small group can participate in this growing movement by hosting a “Watch and Pray” event in the comfort of your home or join by using the daily Prayer Guide.
Just before Jesus’ death he prayed, “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21) What did Jesus mean by oneness? What is our picture of Christian oneness?
Growing a discipleship ministry is an ongoing process, much like growing a garden. Good gardeners are aware that they need to cultivate particular practices in order to develop a healthy, vibrant garden. If they faithfully plant, water, fertilize, etc., they will yield a good crop. Maybe.
My firm belief, pastoral experience, and observation is that “believers do not declare the gospel if they do not delight in God.” Do you delight in Jesus Christ? Does your small group encourage delight in Jesus and declaration of the gospel?
If you were going to plant a garden, what would you do? I have asked this question many times at small group discipleship training. The first answers usually are: dig, plant, water. What else: weed, fertilize, pick. What else? Buy seeds. What kind of seeds will you buy? Oh, we have to decide what we are going to grow!
I haven’t seen any mention of a Women’s Ministry or women’s perspective in the CRC Network or the Banner, yet more than 50% of the members of the CRC are women. Rarely do I see anything other than Coffee Break in the CRC. This is a wonderful ministry but is that all Women’s Ministry is?
The Bible League of Kenya developed a partnership with Coffee Break to share the materials and method in order to encourage small group Bible discovery. Most often, ‘Bible Study’ in Africa means teaching. People learn about the Bible through teaching in sermons, Sunday School and small groups.
“Why do Christian need to pray? Because prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness God requires of us. And also because God gives his grace and Holy Spirit only to those who pray continually and groan inwardly, asking God for these gifts and thanking him for them.” (Heidelberg Catechism #116).
Here's an interview with Sue Prins, the Discipleship Coordinator of Providence CRC in Holland. She answers: "What is your congregation's picture of a disciple of Jesus? What is the current design or shape of your church’s discipleship ministry? and more...
One year ago, Ferrysburg Community Church in Spring Lake, Michigan launched a missional community in a neighboring apartment complex. Pastor Nate Visker shares some reflections on what they expected, current reality and what they have learned...
Do you have a plan for discipleship at your church? What role do small groups play in it? At a recent classis meeting, we tried to have this discussion with some interesting results. You may find this discussion helpful for your classis and church as well...
Western Seminary is offering a course on Commonly Misunderstood Verses of the Bible for small groups. The 12 week format, starting January 7, is very flexible. Your group can register for only $50.00. What a cool opporunity for those groups that like to go deep! Learn more here...
Drew Angus and Paul Ingeneri join the conversation by sharing tools for growing adult new believers.
Here's the take away: There is not a one-size-fits-all discipleship strategy. Jesus discipled his own disciples differently as they grew in faith. How are our churches equipping people in all varieties of faith development. Mike Johnson shares his wisdom and expertise about faith development in today's blog.