Every leader needs someone to come alongside them with words of truth and wisdom to encourage, admonish, and help them in their life and leadership. Biblically, that's the on-going discipleship process. A Community Director is a mentor of Community Group Leaders that can do just that, by engaging in intentional Gospel conversation with focused discussions … Continue reading Every Leader Needs a Mentor
Journibles are an effective way to combine personal Scripture reading and memory, with study and journaling. Inspired by Deuteronomy 17:18, where Moses instructs the future King of Israel to hand-copy the Law, this series provides an easy, but effective way to engage in Scripture in a different way. The format is simple: The right-hand pages of … Continue reading Using the Journibles Series
We're asking all Community Groups to participate in a church-wide study using the study Starting Point, sometime between January and end of April, 2015. Here's everything you need to know! What is Starting Point? Starting Point is an 8-week study intended to help participants explore faith and the Bible in a conversational environment designed to meet … Continue reading Starting Point – 2015 Church-wide Study
Available for checkout from PV Library… The Purpose of Christmas, Rick Warren 4 sessions | DVD/Study Guide Preview at CBD The Christmas Experience, Kyle Idleman 6 sessions | DVD/Study Guide Preview at CBD The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas, Ann Voskamp 4 sessions | DVD/Discussion Guide Preview at CBD Available for download… … Continue reading Suggested Christmas Studies
I'm excited to let you know about the Leader's Toolbox--a new, optional leadership training environment for Community Group Leaders at PV. Once a leader is grounded in the foundational skills and knowledge of group leadership, the ongoing process of continuing to grow come from practice and accumulating additional "tools" to add to their toolbox. That's exactly what … Continue reading Announcing the Leader’s Toolbox
You’re ready to launch your group, but are you ready to lead the first meeting? First impressions carry a lot of weight, so this first meeting will begin to set the expectation for people going forward. Here’s a few important tips and a sample schedule to help make your first meeting a great success. Know … Continue reading Have the First Meeting
Summer is here! The kids are almost out of school, vacations are drawing near, the days are longer, and usually any semblance of “routine” goes out the window. Your group will NOT be immune to it! Most leaders tend to respond one of two ways: either cling more tightly to your usual group routines and patterns, … Continue reading Lead Your Group Differently This Summer!
The recent government shutdown is just the latest of a series of life stressors (including long-term unemployment or underemployment, changing health care paradigms and other seasonal economic pressures) that can surface the need for help in those you lead. Financial needs of those within the church are increasing and in some cases are more … Continue reading Signs that Help is Needed
Seasonal transitions can be tough, and group dynamics are certainly not exempt. The Summer comes with it's own challenges to group life, but as we move into the Fall, a good group leader will use this season as an opportunity to refocus on the direction and expectations for the group. To help you plot the spiritual … Continue reading Get Out of the Summer Slump
What We Can Learn from the Puritan Discipline of Rehearsing the Gospel Knowing the dishonesty and deceitfulness of fallen human hearts, the Puritans cultivated humility and self-suspicion as abiding attitudes, and examined themselves regularly for lurking spiritual blind spots. They found the discipline of self-examination by Scripture (not the same thing as introspection), followed by … Continue reading Preaching the Gospel…to Myself?!