Here are four questions to ask before launching a new small group ministry.
As a Spiritual Director, I love to find ways to come alongside others to discover where God is at work so that we can respond and follow. As a Regional Coffee Break Rep. I see first hand how God uses his Word to bring people into a deeper relationship with Him. As a Go Local catalyst for Resonate, I get to hear exciting stories of how churches are following the Spirit into their neighborhoods. As the Ministry Coordinator/Discipleship Coordinator at a young church plant, I get to participate with others in growing God's kingdom. As a mom to four married children and eight grandchildren, I get to find my greatest joy here on earth. As an admitted Starbucks junkie, I get to watch people looking for connections using coffee as an excuse to do that. I get to do all this and plenty of other ministry opportunities alongside my husband, Peter.
As leaders we pay attention to the three foci of Coffee Break; Bible discovery, the evangelistic purpose, and small group interactions. As we wrap up this season, how might we pay attention to each focus with a desire to finish well?
What might happen if we change our posture so that Jesus is the host of our Bible discovery conversations?
Shifting from host to guest is a posture God can use towards engaging in spiritual conversations.
Sometimes leaders may need to explore new ways to adapt. In fact, Coffee Break Founder Neva Evenhouse found herself in a similar position. How did Neva respond to disappointing results?
This is the final blog in a five-part book review series on the books by Mike Breen and the 3DM Team on missional communities. Today, Ruth Kelder shares her report on Breen’s newest book, Covenant and Kingdom and how the "assignment" to read it gave her valuable, new insights about scripture.
Writing the final report for the Sustaining Congregational Excellence Grant which supported the Discipleship Triads for our church gave me the opportunity to reflect on the effectiveness of this project and celebrate how God has worked in and through them in our setting.
These stories are only a few of how God has worked through Discipleship Triads and Quads at CenterPointe, a young church plant in Plainfield, IL.
Some call habits such as prayer, fasting, scripture memory, simplicity and solitude and silence “weight lifting for the soul.” They can be used to build up the strength of my soul in order to become more like Jesus. Maybe this is what Paul was referring to when he told Timothy to “train yourself to be godly.” (I Tim. 4:7)
I wonder if the under 35's are wanting to come back to a simpler, real experience of church based on conversations and relationships rather than video based materials.posted on: Where Are the Women 35 to 55?
In my setting, I'd say we need to be informal and conversational. Being curious about the Word together leads to remarkable discoveries and conversations about them. I'd also say that it's...posted on: Coffee Break in East Africa
I'm so glad we get to make us of helpful technology to do Coffee Break training. As one of the presenters I'm wondering, "What questions would you like to have addressed on these webinars?"
My first serious introduction to spiritual disciplines was through "Christ Habits", a study produced through Ascending Leaders. Actually, I've gone through it twice with two different groups. I...
Thank-you Kelib! It's so true that if we listen to the Holy Spirit, we will find ordinary, humble ways to show compassion to those we meet "along the way."posted on: Discipleship: An Active Thing
Mavis, you asked a great question. "What it mean to make groups easy to join?" A few things come to mind. Small group choices and how to join them need to be communicated clearly and often. This...posted on: Is There a 50% Barrier?
How about this? In the book, "The Complete Book of Questions" by Garry Poole, you'll find 1001 conversations starters. As you move towards the back of the book, you'll find some that are a little...posted on: First Steps on Bisbee Drive
"Experiencing Community" by Thom Corrigan is a bit dated, but still has some valuable helps in it for groups that are just getting started. I know of a church that used it recently with a turbo...
You ask really good questions, Mark! I'm anxious to hear how others respond.
1. I'm not sure what you mean by "numbers." If you mean how many people are in a group, I think it's safe to...posted on: What Is a Small Group?
Thanks for the great ideas, Mike. I'd like to be in your group!posted on: Chatty Cathy & Quiet Quint