Marian Lensink

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Hospitality — The Glue of Groups

As we welcome new individuals into our Coffee Break groups, here are some ways we can extend hospitality to them. 

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Electronic Sign-in for Children's Ministry?

I have a church in my area that is considering an electronic sign-in for nursery and children's ministry programs. Does anyone have suggestions or resources that may be helpful?

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Inspired Innovation: Story Hour Staffing

Have you ever had trouble finding leaders for your Story Hour/Little Lambs Ministry?  Perhaps you could consider your pastor! 

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ESL Coffee Break

Yesterday, I had a conversation with a couple of people regarding Coffee Break being used for ESL (English as a Second Language) groups in churches. I admit that this is not my area of expertise, and yet I do agree that ESL can use the Bible very effectively to teach English. I know of a Chinese couple who came to know the Lord through the ESL. They came to the church to learn English; they met Jesus in the process! I'd love to hear from more of you who are doing this, or are considering this ministry in your church. What resources do you use? How do you train your leaders? Is there a story...
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Consider Women's Ministry

Perhaps some of you have read the dialogue on the Small Groups Forum, about Women’s Ministry. If not, I encourage you to go there, and read through the post by Freda Kennedy, as well as all of the follow up comments. There are some great ideas percolating there. The concept that is being discussed is the nature of Women’s Ministry that often includes Coffee Break, but can be so much more. I am doing a workshop on this theme, this Saturday (Oct. 15) at our Day of Encouragement, in Hamilton, ON. I look forward to an open dialogue about Women’s Ministry, as we wrestle with the dynamics of our...
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Coming to the Table of the King

Who's Coming to Dinner? ... and you shall always eat at My table . 2Sam 9:7b In Ontario, we're planning our bi-annual Coffee Break Conference - for all women, not just Coffee Break members - its actually our Inspirational Women's Conference . The theme of the day, will be reflecting on the story of Mephibosheth from 2 Sam. 9. Here we read of the crippled grandson of King Saul, forgotten, yet invited to be seated at the table of King David. We hope that all women will hear and receive the invitation to come and be seated at the table of the King. In addition, we recognize that many of us are...
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Encouraging a New Generation?

On Sunday, while visiting the church of my youth, I had the chance to sit next to my uncle, who has recently been widowed. He welcomed me with enthusiasm, acknowledging the loneliness that lurks when your partner is gone. As the service began, I noticed how Uncle John sang with gusto the words of “Here I Am to Worship”. Together, we sang a newer song that was only somewhat familiar to him. His singing, however, did not lose its fervour. As the children were called forward to witness a baptism, he chuckled at the chaos, and made a comment about the blessing of the next generation. At the close...
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Coffee Break in a Coffee Shop?

Recently, someone challenged me to consider what Coffee Break might look like if we took it out of the church. I wonder... Imagine, 3 or 4 women (the group should remain small), sitting together, week after week, in the same coffee shop, sharing the things of the Lord. Imagine relationships that begin to be formed, with serving staff, and other regular customers. Imagine what they might see as they connect in this new space. Imagine what others might see in them. Could this be a way to be salt and light in a new space? Or imagine gathering in your home, and inviting neighbours. (some of you...
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Is Coffee Break a Missional Small Group?

Like many readers, I've been involved in the ministry of Coffee Break for many years. I began leading a group, with a babe in arms. Coffee Break, indeed the study of God's word with other women, changed my life. But more impacting was the opportunity to share the truth of scripture with someone who had never heard. That was life changing, for me! In my early years, a woman shared with me that she simply didn't understand how Christ's death and resurrection could connect to her, 2000 years later. I was invited to share the gospel message, plain and simple. I began to see that in sharing the...
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  • Thanks so much for this post, helping us to focus on transformation!  I like the questions you've listed here.  I really like that some of the questions are focused on the application of what we'...

  • Thanks Diane!  I agree whole-heartedly!  For those who live alone (or those who are in challenging relationships), we can give the gift of touch.  And it's a great suggestion to ask first.  Thanks...

  • Hi Kate, 

    I'm not sure if you're asking about having partners within or outside the group.  Sometimes we can invite women who can't come to the group (perhaps because they're working or...

  • Thanks Sam!  I think one of the things that I'm learning is our need to 'wonder'!  I often challenge people to try to read the text as if reading it for the first time.  (We often read through our...

  • Thanks Keith, that's helpful!

  • Thanks for this article.  I wonder if you could share a story of how this has played out?  It would be so helpful to read an example of how this has been put into practice. 

    I have seen...

  • These are great helps Sam!  One thing that has worked well in our small group, is to separate the men and the women for prayer.  We find that when we are in different rooms, the prayers in both...

  • Thanks Sam,

    This is a great summary of the discussion, and of the main themes of Coffee Break.  I've been thinking a lot about the Leadership Development piece, and about how we might...

  • Mentoring provides blessing for both the mentor and the mentee.  In answer to your question about whose responsibility it is to maintain the relationship, many mentoring/coaching resources...

    posted on: Best way to mentor?
  • Hi Neil,

    Have you checked the Faith Alive website?  They are the publisher of the Discover Your Bible material that Coffee Break uses.  

    http://www.faithaliveresources.org/Products/...