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Hey Life Group Leaders: This isYOUR page for up to date information on leading your Life Group. Below you will find articles, video , audio and more that will aid you in your leadership journey. LEADER RESOURCES: (New Resources) Articles: (Click on the title to view or download) When Group Attendance is Spotty! Posted 7/29/15 How to make the most of low attendance and draw people back to your group by Sam O'Neal. When you have Childcare issues Posted 7/29/15 Finding good options that honors both the adults and children in your Group. By Trevor Lee How to Talk about the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling in your Group and to your Friends Posted 7-1-15 Since the Supreme Court's ruling last Friday morning making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, many believers have has been filled with conflict. Some have turned their profile pictures rainbow-hued to show their support for the ruling. Others have posted their disappointment. And the comments between the two groups have been more than a little heated. The hardest part? There are Christians on both sides of the conflict. And that makes this controversial topic all the more confusing. This week Amy Jackson from Small Groups.com provided a resource that should help your group work through this heated topic. Read the above article "How to Talk About the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling in Your Group" for 3 tips on discussing this heated topic with love, truth, and grace. Successful Discipleship in Small Groups Posted 11-18-14 Proven ways to develop mature disciples Interview with Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger SmallGroups.com recently caught up with Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger, authors of Transformational Groups to learn what small groups are accomplishing and how small-group ministries can improve. The Leader's role in building Trust: There are many ingredients that come together to create a deep and meaningful small-group experience. Without a doubt, two of these ingredients are trust and authenticity. How well, as a leader are you doing in modeling those two factors? This article is actually an evaluation tool to see how you are doing in the critical area of buidling trust. Dealing with the Mess of Community: Anyone who has been in a relationship of any kind for more than two weeks will tell you relationships are messy. The same is true for Group Life. This article give you three clues in dealing with the less than perfect people in your group. Three Levels of Small Group Problems by Heather Zempel. This article will help you learn how to classify and resolve periods of "problem areas" in group life. A Resource from www.smallgroups.com. Managing Conversation Monopolizers by Terry Powell. This article will help give you four tips to minimize the over talker. A resource from www.smallgroups.com. How do I get my group members to fellowship with one another outside of our group meetings? by Bill Search This article gives some ways to promote fellowship and closeness outside the group time. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Video: (Click on the title to view) NEW: From Bill Search currently the Senior Pastor at Rolling Hills Christian Church in El Dorado, CA. Bill was the Groups Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. These two videos from Bill help in a couple of basic elements that occur in all groups: building relationships and having an effective prayer time. Click on the link to see the video. If you need to you can download the video to your computer to see later. (8/19/14) CONDUCTING A GREAT PRAYER TIME BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS DURING GROUP TIME The Heart of a Leader from Josh Sturatt from Seacoast Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC. In this 5 minute video Josh debunks some myths about leading a small group and talks about what it really takes to lead. Create a Safe Environment in Your Small Group from Amy Jackson, managing editor of smallgroups.com This video gives you tips on modeling, confidentiality, and other ideas to create safety in your group. A resource of www.smallgroups.com. Ministering to the Overtalker from Amy Jackson, managing editor of smallgroups.com. It's one of the most common issues in small groups: someone dominates your meeting by talking the entire time. We call this person the overtalker. While we want small groups to be a safe place to share, when one person dominates, the group actually becomes unsafe for others to share. In this quick video, you'll find some basic tactics for handling this unhelpful dynamic. How to Ask Follow-up Questions to facilitate great discussion. Amy Jackson, managing editor of smallgroups.com says that leading a great discussion requires that we actually interact with one another's ideas—not just speak at each other. To help group members do that, leaders should ask follow-up questions that let the sharer know he or she was heard. This brief video will give you tips that you can implement at your next meeting. A resource of www.smallgroups.com. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Audio: (Click on the title to listen) The Secret Sauce for Small Groups: FUN!! Posted 11/18/14 by Small-Group-Network, Group Talk, Group Talk Audio What is the secret sauce, missing ingredient in so many small group systems? If you answered, "Fun!" you would be correct. Group members enjoying small group is the key element in growing groups. If that seems too superficial to you, take 25 minutes and listen to the Biblical basis for "fun" and how it fosters spiritual growth of group members. Ben Reed, one of the small group pastors at Saddleback Church, also gives some tips on how to build space and intentionality for fun into your groups. This might just motivate you to nudge your group leaders into having a party this holiday season! To hear this audio click on the title. Are your small groups fun? Should they be? Posted on May 5, 2013 by Small-Group-Network in Article, Group Talk, Group Talk Audio Like so many things, there is a tension that exists in Small Groups between a light hearted jovial nature of community and the serious business of discipleship. Our human nature often moves us to polarized viewpoint on this issue. We struggle with the either/or question, “Is my Small Group Ministry about fellowship or is it about discipleship?” For some of us it is uncomfortable to answer this either/or question, “Yes!” James Grogan will give some insight into this Small Group tension. James Serves as the Executive Teaching Pastor at Eastlake Church in Chula Vista, CA. Click HERE to hear this audio or on the Title above. Forms and Instruction Resources: Life Group Leader Attendance Instructions - Click HERE Two Critical Questions - Values - Expectations - Click HERE Three Vital Steps - Click HERE Group Member Assessment - Click HERE Life Group Leader Asssessment - Click HERE Life Group Leader Assessment Fillable PDF form - Click HERE. LifeGroup Agreement - Click HERE Child Care Voucher information - Click HERE.

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