Home group is an essential part of the transitions to helping grow people toward spiritual parenting. They can meet just about anywhere, like a home, or church, or park, however there are many situations in which distractions can hinder openness and spiritual growth. There are more possibilities for groups to meet than most people might think, but there are some guidelines that will prevent growth. Consider these five principles: Continue reading
Our mission is to make disciples, which begins by connecting with people. There are a variety of ways to connect with people. Depending on the previous relationships, people can adjust to just about anything, however, you never know when you will have new people or your regular people may have new circumstances that throw them off kilter in life. Most people come into a group setting with masks on and they are only ready to share at the superficial level, “Hi, how are you?” “Me? I’m fine, how are you?” In order to provide an environment for intentional discipleship, ice breakers “melt the ice”! Continue reading
It seems the Home Group Leader updates are a highlight of the month. I get the privilege of guiding discussions around the discipleship of Christ-followers. This update was no exception.
We briefly reviewed three things from Week Seven from the Real Life Training manual, which was discussed at the last quarterly training meeting. We reviewed the four words: Share, Connect, Minister and Disciple and which spiritual stage of growth each one was connected. Then we matched up the three levels of commitment using Matthew 4:19. Continue reading
A home group leader who likes to lead may do everything himself or with the help of his wife in his home. But if he does not recruit and disciple new leaders, it may reveal a selfish desire to maintain being the center of attention. The purpose of home groups is to multiply and hence recruit other leaders, which requires discipling participants to greater roles and opportunities of responsibility. Consider the following principles as you consider the potential of each person in yours:
The purpose of home groups is to multiply, and that is a sign of good health. However, it can be deceptive what good health is. For example, one group may enjoy getting together, because they love to study “last day events.” Or another group may like to gather, because their relationships are so strong. Yet, in both of these incidents, while there might be a growth in head knowledge or social activities, there is very little discipleship and no multiplication. In both cases the home groups are not healthy, because they are not multiplying through discipleship. So what makes a healthy home group?
Leaders are life-long learners. They are always pursuing the high ground of truth and seeking to apply wisdom, which is why I post the monthly summaries of our update meetings. This month, I asked the questions:
What are you thinking as you approach home group?
What are you doing when you are in home group?
Everything is built on leadership. Jesus is the ultimate leader, who knew what He was doing and followed through with it regardless of the cost or depth of the valley. A home group leader doesn’t have to be as good of leader as Jesus, but there are several characteristics that will help every leader of home groups. Let me highlight five. Continue reading