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!View Blog Post
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
There is something that cars, houses, and our health have in common. They all need to have regular attention and care. Likewise, leading a LifeGroup requires that we take good care of ourselves in order to be effective leading our group. Here are a few ways you can engage others to help provide the care you need to be the best LifeGroup Leader possible: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
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.View Blog Post
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.View Blog Post
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.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
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.View Blog Post
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.View Blog Post