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Blog Goes On Vacation!
June 26, 2017

Summer is a time to rest.  Though when we're packing bags and setting itineraries and making hotel reservations, it might not seem that way.  When we're on the beach, we hopefully take time to rest, to be with our families or loved ones, to bask in God's glorious creation.  In last week's blog, we talked about how summer is often a slow time for LifeGroups.  So, when you're a blog about LifeGroups, summertime is often a slow time for blogs too. 

So, the blog is going on vacation for a while.  We will return with new blog entries in mid-August.  Hope you have a great summer!  And may the God of rest and grace grant you and your families peace and happy memories this summer! 

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Helping Your LifeGroup Pursue Spiritual Growth
May 3, 2017

In our last blog post, we defined spiritual growth as a movement from outsider to insider and from internal to external. God calls people who are outside of a relationship with Him to come and live inside of his lordship and love.

In this post we will look a bit deeper at both inward and outward movements of spiritual growth. You should be able to use this information to plan next steps for fostering the growth of your group members.

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Assessing the Spiritual Growth of Your Group Members
April 24, 2017

In this two part blog series, we will be discussing the spiritual growth of your LifeGroup participants. Part one will give you a framework to assess the spiritual growth of individuals in the group. Part two will outline a simple way of encouraging growth in the group.  Here is part one - assessing the spiritual growth of your group

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Facilitating a Bible Study for Your LifeGroup: Discover the Passage through Observation (Part 1)
February 27, 2017

Studying the Bible can feel overwhelming at times, especially when we sit down to prepare a Bible study for our LifeGroup. Certain questions can come to our minds such as, “Am I on the right track? Does this mean what I think it means? What if I don’t know the answer to a question?” These are all great questions to consider as we prepare to lead a Bible study in our LifeGroups.

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How to Build Up a Potential LifeGroup Leader
February 13, 2017

Jesus handpicked 12 men to be His disciples and lead the way in the Great Commission saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, ESV).  To prepare His disciples for ministry, Jesus intentionally developed them by investing in them, modeling for them, and giving them the opportunity to practice when He was still among them. 

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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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Hosting a Formative LifeGroup
May 3, 2016

So you are hosting a Formative LifeGroup. What happens now?

This blog is designed to help answer questions that you might have about formative groups and what is required of the hosts.

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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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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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Shake It Up!
July 7, 2015

Easy ways to energize your group meetings

If you sense that your LifeGroup meetings have become routine, it just may be time to shake things up. For me, creativity doesn't come easy, leading my group in song would be painful for all, and trying something new scares me to death. Therefore, shaking things up may seem improbable, but the good news is that it doesn't take dramatic ideas to shake up your group meetings. Here are a few things anyone can do to shake up the meeting and energize your LifeGroup.

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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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