Every Leader Needs a Mentor

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

Preaching the Gospel…to Myself?!

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?!

Abba Changes Everything Pt. 1

“Abba Changes Everything” exclaims the cover story of a past issue of Christianity Today magazine.  The article had nothing to do with the 70’s Swedish band—rather, it presented the theological basis for Christian adoption.  Abba changes everything.  That phrase stuck with me.  Isn’t that also true for more than just adoption?  That is a reality … Continue reading Abba Changes Everything Pt. 1

Breaking Down Walls Pt. 2

This is part two of a series on the practice of confession in your community group.  If you haven’t already, click here to read Part 1.. Defining Confession While confession has a number of facets and unique expressions in Scripture, at its most base level, confession means: to be in agreement with God; to take … Continue reading Breaking Down Walls Pt. 2

Bonhoeffer on Confession

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together In confession the break-through to community takes place.  Sin demands to have a man by himself.  It withdraws him from the community.  The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him, and the more deeply he becomes involved in it, the more … Continue reading Bonhoeffer on Confession

Breaking Down Walls Pt. 1

Think about the last time someone made of confessed of sin in your community group meeting.  What was the reaction by you and the group?  What did it do to the feel of the group dynamic? If you’re still trying to remember a time confession happened in your group, you’re not alone.  Let’s be honest, … Continue reading Breaking Down Walls Pt. 1

Thinking Beneath: Pursuing Depth

We’ve all heard people make statements along the lines of: “I just want to go deeper.”  I have to be honest though, in my experience it’s one of the most misused and overrated statements in church, because without any kind of context, that statement can mean anything!   Does that mean we’re not spending enough time … Continue reading Thinking Beneath: Pursuing Depth

Making the Most of Your Group Study

One of the first questions usually posed by new Community Group leaders is, “What studies do I use?”  Because studying God’s Word is an essential part of your group meeting identifying the best study is one of the foundational steps toward seeing transformation take root in the lives of your group participants.  That’s why we … Continue reading Making the Most of Your Group Study

The Privilege of Giving

A big Thank You to every one of you who took part in PV's Adopt-A-Family this past Christmas!  If you’ve participated, you know what a blessing this can be not only the families you are giving to, but for you and your group as well!  I’m reminded of Jesus’ paradoxical statement, quoted by Paul in … Continue reading The Privilege of Giving