The summer is a lot of fun for adults, families, students, and kids. But for LifeGroup Leaders, summer can sometimes be frustrating. When I was a new LifeGroup Leader, I thought I was prepared for summer. My wife and I led a discussion with our group at the beginning of May to see if they wanted to meet during the summer or take some time off. They had expressed genuine and unanimous interest in continuing to meet weekly through June, July, and August. However, that interest turned out to be unrealistic. Between birthday parties, vacations, or family visits, my wife and I would often be ready to lead the group, but no one showed up, having cancelled at last minute. The experience we had was not unique to us. It’s actually quite common.
So, then, how do we navigate the summer months as LifeGroup Leaders? Let me give you a few tips I’ve learned over the years of leading a group that might help you plan for the summer.View Blog Post
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.View Blog Post
Now that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is on the way, you may be starting to think ahead to what your group will study in the New Year. May we make a suggestion?
Forest Hill Church is excited to launch our newest study Everyday Evangelism!View Blog Post
“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.View Blog Post
“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.View Blog Post
When I think of the word “service” there is a vast array of different things that come to mind. From a church service, to service in the military, to a cleaning service, all the way to the Secret Service. Although there are so many aspects of society where the term “service” is used with somewhat varying nuances, there seems to be a core concept involved with all of them. That is the idea of an “immaterial exchange of value” taking place. Put more simply: Time.View Blog Post
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.View Blog Post
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.View Blog Post
We call them LifeGroups. Does that mean a group should last for life?View Blog Post
I remember sitting in the Atrium at the South Park campus and our LifeGroup leader saying, “Ok ladies, we are going to split and make 3 new groups out of this group. Jill will lead one and take a couple of you with her, Sara will lead one and take the rest of you with her, and I’ll start a brand new group.”
Wait…WHAT?! Why would we do that? Why would we end our group and the relationships we had formed to branch out and start something new, unknown, and scary?View Blog Post
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?View Blog Post
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.View Blog Post
For life to grow and be sustained requires the existence of some essentials. These essentials include such things as water and air to breathe. To grow and sustain a LifeGroup, there are essentials as well. Over the next eight weeks we’ll explore what these essential practices are that keep a LifeGroup growing and thriving.View Blog Post
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.View Blog Post
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 …View Blog Post
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.View Blog Post
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.View Blog Post
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?View Blog Post
A large component of LifeGroups is caring for one another. This is especially important if one of your participants is in the hospital. However, it can be a little difficult to know the best way to care for them. Below are a few suggestions:View Blog Post
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.View Blog Post
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).View Blog Post
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?View Blog Post
As parents, we need to do everything we can to enhance our children's relationship with us, to influence their relationships with those outside ...View Study Details