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Welcoming New LifeGroup Members
May 9, 2017

As you have led your group at Forest Hill Church, you most likely have experienced a new person in your LifeGroup - someone either brought a friend with them into your group or you had someone join from LifeGroup Connect. As we are making disciples who Know, Grow, and Go, it is important to realize that a new person’s experience in a LifeGroup can be one of first steps towards growth in Christ and community.  This blog will give you some tips and ideas for how to help new group members to feel welcomed. 

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Serving Communion in Your Life Group
April 18, 2017

Communion is a time to celebrate all that Christ did for us on the cross.  It is a time for us to remember our sinfulness and need for Christ and to give thanks for the forgiveness that we have in him.  This time of remembrance and celebration does not have to be limited to the 4 walls of the church building though. 

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Weaving Evangelism Into Your LifeGroup
March 20, 2017

One area that can get overlooked in the spiritual life of a group is evangelism, or sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. LifeGroups can become a place where ‘everyone is fed’ or ‘everyone has the same strong foundation’. Although this may be God’s plan for a season of your LifeGroup, God typically uses our groups as a safe place for seekers to land and experience a Christian community for the first time.

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How to Identify a Potential New Leader
February 6, 2017

As a LifeGroup leader, you have many responsibilities, but you’re never asked to lead your group alone. God has called you and me into community with one another, and in that community, we are to seek fellowship, accountability, and growth, but also help.

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Childcare Solutions for your LifeGroup
January 31, 2017

Children are a blessing from God! They bring tremendous joy to our lives as well as glory to God. And yet, parenthood comes with a set of practical challenges that impacts our involvement in community, such as participation in a LifeGroup. For many of us, as soon as we start to explore the idea of joining a LifeGroup, questions start to spin in our minds: Do we get a babysitter? How do we find one? How can we afford one? What about the children’s schedules? Etc.

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How to Keep a Group on Topic
January 23, 2017

“Communal Discovery.” This is a term sometimes used to describe the bible study portion of a LifeGroup where we, as a community, discover the meaning of a passage and how to apply it together. This term is useful because it emphasizes the benefit of our collective wisdom and the unique ways that Scripture speaks to each person.

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What is (7) Seven?
January 17, 2017

As you know, LifeGroups are our primary discipleship environment at Forest Hill Church. We believe that growth happens best in community. We praise God for the thousands of people who have connected to LifeGroups at Forest Hill and for the ways He is working in their hearts and lives!

 But how do we care for people who aren’t ready for a LifeGroup yet?

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A LifeGroup Study Idea for the New Year: Everyday Evangelism!
January 9, 2017

Welcome to 2017! We hope that you had a great holiday and are having a wonderful start to the New Year! We’re excited about how God will work in and through your group this year!

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Everyday Evangelism Now Available!
December 5, 2016

The hustle-and-bustle of the holidays is here in full force! And the countdown to the New Year has begun! 

As you think about your LifeGroup beginning in the New Year, we wanted to remind you about an exciting new study that Forest Hill has developed as a resource for your LifeGroup - Everyday Evangelism!

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Serving During the Holidays
November 21, 2016

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

It’s hard not to stand in awe of verse like that one above. To think that Jesus – the spoken Word of God (Jn 1:1-3), the image of the invisible God (Col 1:15-16), the Son of Man (Mk 10:45) – stepped out of the glory of heaven and into the muck of this world. The hands that spun galaxies into being came and washed the dirty, smelly feet of his friends (Jn 13). Eventually those same hands were pierced with nails, when he eventually paid the penalty for our sin and released us from its power by dying a horrific, gruesome death. He gave his life in service to us who had no hope.

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Serving Within Our LifeGroup
November 7, 2016

“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for man.” Matthew 20:28 (NIV)

So often we get caught up in the hustle of this life that we miss why we are here on this earth. Our lives get filled with list of things to be done – our to-do list, grocery list, family activities, PTA meetings, conferences, and church. At times, even our LifeGroup can feel like another ‘thing’ we need to do. Serving the needs of the world seems to fall at the bottom of our list and is often something that we, as individuals and in our groups, never get to actually participate in.

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The Holidays are Coming! The Holidays are Coming!
October 31, 2016

“The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming!” 

Yes, yes, they are. In fact, today is Halloween. And it’s just a sprint from here to Thanksgiving and then to Christmas. Around this time of year, it begins to get difficult for LifeGroups to maintain a sense of continuity. People are busy with family coming in or going out, so attendance drops. There are school programs and shows and holiday shopping, so group members’ ability to prepare for LifeGroup wanes. Without an awareness of the holidays and planning for them, the group can seem to limp to the end of the year.

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A Practical Tip for Prayer Requests
October 17, 2016

Prayer is meant to be a natural part of a church community. It’s a place where we can plead our helplessness before God, where our faith can be built up as we see prayers answered, where we can be united by praying for each other, where God can be front-and-center in our groups as we focus on him.

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Why do we offer Starting Point Groups?
September 29, 2016

Why do we offer Starting Point groups?  This question may arise for any of you.  Perhaps you’ve been at Forest Hill for quite some time and know that we’ve valued the central focus on LifeGroups.  Or perhaps you’re new and you’ve heard about Starting Point groups, but don’t know much about them.  For others of you, these groups are very familiar as you’ve helped us lead and shape them for the past few years.  

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Serving Together, But Why?
August 10, 2016

One of the main components of LifeGroups is serving together as a group. This is different from how a lot of churches operate when it comes to growing in your faith, the making of disciples, aka discipleship. Why? Great question.

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Serving Together
June 22, 2016

Our men’s LifeGroup at the Ballantyne Campus has been together for nearly 8 years and has 16 men on the roster. A part of our mission at Forest Hill Church is to Go for Christ. We do this in LifeGroup by committing to actively volunteering for 4-6 serve projects a year.

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Celebrating Serve - South Park
June 15, 2016

On May 20th our South Park campus LifeGroups and congregation participated in Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School’s annual fundraising event – Fox Fest.  It was a fun night and a great opportunity for South Park to collaborate with its local school partner. 

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Celebrating Serve - Fort Mill
June 8, 2016

Over the past few months our Fort Mill campus has come together several times to serve their local community.  In April, LifeGroups, families, and individuals continued our partnership with Habitat of York County in the Paradise Neighborhood.  In May a beautification event was held at Riverview Elementary School, allowing Fort Mill to serve it's local school partner.

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Celebrating Serve - Waxhaw
June 1, 2016

In April our Waxhaw campus came together to serve South Providence School through outdoor beautification and teacher appreciation projects.  More than 60 people participated, including LifeGroups, their families, and other congregants from the campus.

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Starting Point Groups
May 23, 2016

Why do we offer Starting Point groups?  This question may arise for any of you.  Perhaps you’ve been at Forest Hill for quite some time and know that we’ve valued the central focus on LifeGroups.  Or perhaps you’re new and you’ve heard about Starting Point groups, but don’t know much about them.  For others of you, these groups are very familiar as you’ve helped us lead and shape them for the past few years.  

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How to Start a LifeGroup
April 27, 2016

So you have decided to lead a new LifeGroup. Congratulations. What happens next? This blog is intended to give you a plan for getting started and to offer a number of helpful resources for each step of starting a LifeGroup.

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I'm Thinking About Starting a LifeGroup ...
April 19, 2016

So you’re thinking about starting a new LifeGroup. What does this require? And, how do you get started?

This blog is designed to help you think through the requirements of leading and provide you with helpful questions to ask about leading a LifeGroup.

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LifeGroup Essentials - Share Christ
March 21, 2016

What does it look like for your LifeGroup to share Christ together? Most of the time when we think about evangelism, it is through the lens of doing it one on one with someone, which is good, but what about sharing as a group? We may think that means to show up at a public place and instead of a one on one conversation, we should have a four on one, six on one, or a ten on one conversation. That is not what it means so much to share Christ as a LifeGroup. Not very inviting either for that one person, is it?

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LifeGroup Essentials - Build Relationships
March 9, 2016

Building relationships seems like the no-brainer part of the LifeGroup, doesn’t it? All of the other facets of LifeGroup need planning and strategy—like what you should study, where you should serve, and how you can get people in your group to pray more. But building relationships, that should just happen naturally, right?

Yes and no.

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Being the Community of Christ in a World that Rejects Him
January 28, 2016

A fish out of water or a square peg fitting into a round hole. These may be two ways to describe how you and I feel living in a world that rejects Jesus Christ. While that may be how you and I feel, what do those outside the community of Christ think of us in that community? Some words might include: weird, different, oddballs, judgmental, legalistic, and maybe even funny dressers. One could conclude that when it comes to sharing Jesus Christ with the world, we already have the odds stacked against us.

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All LifeGroup Leader Dinner
January 20, 2016

We had a great time with over 225 of our LifeGroup Leaders on January 6th at our All LifeGroup Leader Dinner.  We kicked off this new year enjoying a meal together and sharing stories of the ways God is at work in our LifeGroups at Forest Hill Church.

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It's (almost) Christmas - Socials
November 19, 2015

We’re in the middle of a series highlighting ways that you and your LifeGroup can prepare for the holidays and celebrate Christmas together. Today’s topic is focused on finding a fun and simple way to organize a Christmas social for your group. Need some ideas? Read on …

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It's (almost) Christmas - Let's Serve!
November 12, 2015

Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight ways that you and your LifeGroup can prepare for the holidays and celebrate Christmas together. Today’s topic is focused on serving as a LifeGroup during the Christmas season.

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Who are you inviting to Women Under Construction?
November 5, 2015

If you’ve been around Forest Hill Church for any amount of time, you’ve heard the words “Women Under Construction.”  It seems familiar for so many of us, but many of us quickly forget the roots and purpose of the event.

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Why Should we use Pursuing Christ?
September 15, 2015

The question that leaders most frequently ask their LifeGroup Directors is, “What should my group study next?”  Today, we want to share with you a great new study called Pursuing Christ, created by Forest Hill Church. It’s a great study if you and your group are looking for a study that teaches how to grow deeper in your faith and become more like Christ.

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Waxhaw Campus Serve Day
September 2, 2015

In Acts 1:8, Jesus said right before he ascended into heaven, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."  For those that follow Jesus, being a witness for him starts right in our own neighborhood. On Saturday, August 15th, over 100 Forest Hill Waxhaw folks gathered together at South Providence School to participate in a Serve Day. We gathered to provide landscaping, set up bulletin boards, create welcome back gift baskets and cards for teachers and students, and coordinate donated school uniforms for the clothing closet.

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Paradise Home Preservation Project
August 27, 2015

Earlier this summer our Forest Hill Fort Mill campus partnered with Habitat of York County for our first joint project.  We collaborated in community development, mobilized LifeGroups of all ages, and worked with other churches in the Fort Mill area as a unified body of Christ.

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Coming Soon - Pursuing Christ
August 20, 2015

We're excited to launch a revised and updated edition of Pursuing Christ this fall! 

Pursuing Christ will be an 8-week study that includes 30-minute teaching videos taught by Forest Hill pastors, followed by discussion guides for your LifeGroup and daily devotions for each member of the group for personal application. 

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August 1st Serve Day at Ballantyne
August 12, 2015

On August 1st Ballantyne LifeGroups gathered for a LifeGroup Serve Day at our partner school, Quail Hollow Middle. Over 60 people—LifeGroups, families and Advance students—worked together on projects to get the building, teachers and students ready to go back-to-school.

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Post-Summer LifeGroup Restart
August 5, 2015

Groups often take a break during the summer. This post is intended to give some tips to LifeGroup leaders who are preparing to restart their groups after a long summer break.

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Challenges and Blessings - Why Should I Lead a LifeGroup?
July 15, 2015

If you are like me, you may sometimes wonder why you chose to lead a LifeGroup. It doesn’t take me long to think of reasons why I shouldn’t lead my group. Many of them are good reasons.

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Connecting with Another LifeGroup
June 24, 2015

Getting together with another LifeGroup may seem like just one more thing to do. It is hard enough to meet with the members of your own LifeGroup, why would you want to meet with another group as well?

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Encouraging People to Get Together Outside of Group
June 2, 2015

When you see a blog titled, "Encouraging People to Get Together Outside of Group," that might seem like a great time to keep scrolling, right? Think about a typical day for each one of us. The US Department of Labor did a time use study for those ages 25-54 with kids, and here is what was most common on average: Working 8.7 hours, Sleeping 7.7 hours, Leisure and Sports 2.5 hours, Household Activities 1.1 hours, Eating 1.0 hours, Caring for Others 1.3 hours, and other type activities 1.7 hours. That is a pretty full 24 hours.

With such a full day, one would think it would be hard to be lonely! However, a wider community of close friends seems to be decreasing in our communities.

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Grieving with your LifeGroup
May 28, 2015

This week has been a hard one in the lives of Gentry and Hadley Eddings and their families.  The tragic loss of their two sons, Dobbs and Reed - so young and innocent – is beyond hard.  Please keep them in your prayers!

As the Eddings family is part of our community, the family of Forest Hill Church, it also has been a hard week in the lives of those who attend the church, who are connected to the church, who are in your LifeGroup.

Each of us handles grief in a different way, and so many emotions flood in – sadness, fear, anger, even numbness – that it can be overwhelming.  And with every emotion comes a series of questions.   For me, when I heard the news of Dobbs, I was in my living room.  I heard crickets chirping outside and, on my computer, people were posting pictures of their vacations, concerts, a day on the lake.  I was confused and asked myself, “Shouldn’t the world be stopping and mourning?  How can people continue on as though nothing happened?”  For some who are dealing with fear, they may ask, “What if it were my children?”  Some people may be angry or confused and ask how a loving God could allow this to happen.  Some people may be questioning why they aren’t as upset as everyone else seems to be.  So many different reactions to one single event.  Shouldn’t there be a one-size-fits-all for grief?  Maybe there shoul

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Creating Transparency in your LifeGroup
May 19, 2015

Many times, transparency within the group happens quickly and naturally. There are times however when groups need help opening up so that deeper connections can form. Deeper connections help people to know others in the group and to feel truly known.

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Inviting Others to Serve Without Begging
May 5, 2015

Serving is a part of the fabric of all healthy LifeGroups. When a group goes deep with a local service partner, each group member enjoys a shared experience of starting relationships cross culturally. Times of study become richer as a group dives into God’s Word and sees scripture through the lens of those who are hurting. Conversations during your socials will tend to move past the Panthers or new coffee shop and move instead into the neighborhood. You will see how serving impacts your group’s community and discipleship (and vice versa).

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What do you do when Attendance Starts to Fizzle?
April 21, 2015

Attendance challenges are common and there are many variables that can cause a LifeGroup’s attendance to fizzle. Attendance fluctuations are completely normal, but as a leader it’s tempting to default to emotional reactions and take it personally. Is it me? Was it something I said? Do they not like our LifeGroup? In reality, the reasons could have nothing to do with you as a leader.

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First Steps to Serving as a LifeGroup
April 14, 2015

When we talk to LifeGroup Leaders, most groups want to serve together, but sometimes it can be hard to get started serving as a LifeGroup.

Here are do’s and don’ts to help groups “go” for the first time and experience the joy of serving together.

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More than Just a Potluck
April 7, 2015

As I think about all the relationships formed through the 4 different LifeGroups I’ve been a part of during my experience at Forest Hill, one particular group of friends stands out. It was the first group my husband and I joined at Forest Hill 10 years ago. While the group only stayed together the typical 2-3 year lifecycle, our friendships with those in the group are still remarkably strong. These are our closest friends and are our go-to for help with the kids, for celebrating triumphs or crying over our losses.

What made this group so different? Why did these relationships become so strong?

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Meal with Jesus, A: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission around the Table
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