The Posture of a Leader

The Posture of a Leader
THE POSTURE OF A LEADER Great leaders adopt a posture of: Humility Teachability Curiosity Intentionality Your group members don’t expect you to have all of the answers. They expect you to care about who they are and to want to help them grow. That requires two things: Embrace others without condition. (Matthew 5:47) Expand your ...

The 4 Rules For Small Group Discussion

The 4 Rules For Small Group Discussion
Confidentiality. What’s said in the group stays in the group. No cross-talk. Be considerate of others as they share. Refrain from side conversations and texting during group time. No fixing. We are not in the group to fix each other. Jesus does that part. Sharing. Be sensitive to the amount of time you share. Don’t ...

4 Ways to Make the Most of the Holidays with Your Group

4 Ways to Make the Most of the Holidays with Your Group
The Thanksgiving-to-New-Year’s window is always an interesting time in the life of your small group. It rarely makes sense to start a new curriculum after mid-November, because you’re unlikely to finish it before your group breaks for Christmas. But you don’t want your group to limp into the end of the year. If you’re intentional ...

Using The Group Agreement

Using The Group Agreement
If you started a new group at GroupLink, the end of your eight-week starter period is fast approaching. In the final week of the study, you’ll discuss, fill out, and sign the Group Agreement. The agreement isn’t a binding contract. It’s not a document you turn in to the church so we can file it ...

5 Things To Do When Your Group Falls Apart

5 Things To Do When Your Group Falls Apart
It happens. You get to the end of the eight-week starter period and some of the people in your group decide not to continue. What do you do? If you have a committed core of as few as five individuals or four couples, you can continue on as a group. They’ll need to be committed, ...

Lead Small

Lead Small
  I discovered something while at a men’s retreat. The greatest impact you can make in the lives of people is to lead small.  We often think bigger is better but when it comes to growing in our faith and building authentic relationships, smaller wins out. When you look at the life of Jesus, He ...

Why We Need Structure In Groups?

Why We Need Structure In Groups?
Without structure, a plan or any organization, buildings could not be built or remain standing. If built without any structure, a building would eventually crumble. In the same way, a community group without any structure will drift and wander without any purpose or goal. There are some groups that don’t have any structure when it ...

3 Tips For Picking A Group Study

3 Tips For Picking A Group Study
Are you currently asking, “What should my group study next?” There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to that question, but check out rightnowmedia.org, sermon discussion questions or groupresources.org  But how do you actually choose what’s right for your group? Here are three practical tips for picking a study: Limit a study to 6 parts or fewer. When studies goes ...

Using Story Cards When Your Group Isn’t New

Using Story Cards When Your Group Isn’t New
How do you get a group of people to start talking and start being real? Story Cards are a  way to help people share about their lives and spiritual journeys. You’ll be surprised how using photographs as a storytelling tool can draw your group into deeper reflection and more meaningful conversations. You may heard of Story ...

10 Ways To Kill A Group

10 Ways To Kill A Group
  We thought it would be fun to create a top 10 list to best destroy your group.  So, enjoy! Don’t meet regularly Have only a few members Never multiply Have too many members Don’t use a group agreement Don’t deal with problem people Make prayer time a long story time Don’t follow a curriculum Talk ...