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tools to support disciple-making group leaders

By Emily Grabatin Whether you’re starting a new group, spicing up connections that have been together for years or helping newcomers feel comfortable in an already established group, one essential way to bond is by sharing each other’s stories.  Have you ever considered all the ways we could share our stories in our group? Some of the...
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By Emily Grabatin I drove into the parking lot of my group townhouse complex, feeling nervous yet excited, unqualified yet confident. My mind ran through each name and detail. It was the first time I was launching and leading a small group on my own. I had finished a season of shadowing and co-leading with...
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By Emily Grabatin Holidays can be busy, hectic, fun or lonely times for your group members. It’s not always easy to lead your small group through the holidays. People are distracted. Our calendars are filled with festivities, Christmas concerts and shopping. For others, painful memories, dysfunctional relationships and fears are magnified.  It can be healthy...
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By Emily Grabatin (This article is heavily influence by the group development model formed by psychologist Bruce Tuckman in 1965) “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens,” a wise man said in Ecclesiastes 3. We see this apply to groups noticing there’s a season of new birth,...
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By Emily Grabatin All groups have a natural life cycle. No matter what kind of group, a time will come when your season of leadership or meeting together is over. It’s up to the group leader to work with their pastor and group members to make a plan for finishing strong. Having a positive, healthy...
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By Emily Grabatin People can be messy. Groups are messy. When problems, trauma, and red-flag patterns arise in the group, how can we show we care without burning out? Some circumstances, like trauma, death, an endangered marriage, are easy to identify. But other situations, like poor mental health or recurring poor lifestyle choices, can creep...
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So you’re starting a group. Now you’re wondering, how do I fill my group with the people who need it most? Here are ideas to consider as you pray for the people who would be a fit for what your group is all about. Connect with Your Group Pastor / Coordinator Hopefully by now you’ve...
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In some cases, group leaders are the teacher. In other cases, group leaders facilitate conversation around pre-recorded content.  There are various benefits and challenges to either type of group.  If you are a group leader focused on facilitating conversation, here are some skills that you can build in order to create a thriving group environment. Tone Ensure...
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Mini-Groups: Are clusters of three or four people meeting to intentionally encourage and walk-through growth in a specific area. These groups run throughout the year and vary in the frequency of meetings. What happens in a Mini-Group: Meeting in Mini-Group provides a safe environment for people to explore a specific area of their life on...
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Visiting the Sick In the Bible, care of the sick and injured is clearly and compassionately expressed. Divinely prescribed laws and insightful healing narratives are found in both Old and New Testaments.  Consequently, we are called to care for persons as God would care for them.  Visiting the Hospital General Information Call the hospital and...
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