Multi-dimensional Group Life Pt 1

The shift toward 3D programming seems to be the current rage in movies and even TV technology.  Whether in video games, movies, or TV, the goal of developers is to make the experience more realistic—more like the real thing.  We view and experience the world in three dimensions, so why would anyone want to watch … Continue reading Multi-dimensional Group Life Pt 1

How Will You Lead Differently Through the Summer?

In case you haven’t been outside in the heat this week—summer is here!  That means kids are 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 toward one of two responses:  either … Continue reading How Will You Lead Differently Through the Summer?

Saying the Hard Word…Pt. 2

As a leader you will at some point encounter a situation in which you have to say the hard word.  That’s part of the task of leadership and an inevitable reality in group life.  Building on the principle of balancing truth and grace laid out in Pt. 1 of Saying the Hard Word let’s take … Continue reading Saying the Hard Word…Pt. 2

Saying the Hard Word…Pt. 1

One of the most remarkable descriptors of Jesus Christ is that He came “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).  What is so remarkable about the very nature of Christ is that it is so unlike our human nature.  Everyone, including us Christians, tend to lean in either the “grace” camp or the “truth” camp.  … Continue reading Saying the Hard Word…Pt. 1

Leading your group through leadership transitions…

As a Community Group Leader, we exhort you all the time as the leaders on the “front lines” of disciple-making at PV.  Your spiritual and relational investment in your group members naturally leads to your role in helping your group members process through any leadership transitions that might arise within the group or within the … Continue reading Leading your group through leadership transitions…

Transparent Leadership: The Power of Sharing Stories Pt. 2

Contributions from Barb Condra (CG Leader) Read Part 1 in this series The most common single type of writing in the Bible is narrative...story.*  There’s obviously something profound about sharing story, if God chose to use this as one of the primary ways of revealing himself to us.  If your group members have never been … Continue reading Transparent Leadership: The Power of Sharing Stories Pt. 2

Transparent Leadership: The Power of Sharing Stories Pt. 1

Contributions from Barb Condra (CG Leader) Several years ago Pleasant Valley started encouraging people to share their life story to emphasize the application of a sermon. These stories always made a powerful impression on everyone present. At about the same time we had a new couple join our class and as I got to know … Continue reading Transparent Leadership: The Power of Sharing Stories Pt. 1