Leading groups ministry can be a lonely job. You probably don't need another conference, another book, or another one-size-fits-all strategy. We need each other. In order to fruitfully lead our people into spiritual formation through community, we must first pursue our own spiritual formation in community.
The Community Leadership Collective provides three distinct relational environments for men and women to develop their theology, philosophy, and practice of small groups ministry in the local church. Consider which environment might serve you best:
The COHORT develops the groups pastor.
The COLLABORATIVE develops the groups team.
CONSULTING develops the groups culture.
Group coaching is not an approach to manage leaders. Group coaching is an approach to lead leaders. It is one of the most recognized necessities in our group ministries but one of the most underutilized. It does not have to stay that way. Our friend Joel Deacon of City On A Hill Church in Melbourne, Australia shared with us recently that “Good leaders desire coaches and have coaches, top athletes have coaches, successful executives have coaches and our Group...Read More ➔
Download A Guide to Keeping Community Amid the Pandemic. We’ve been sent back to a very ancient way of doing church: the household. We are slowed. We are limited in contact with the wider gathering, but that should not limit community with God and with others. We could come out of this closer to Him and to one another. We could come out of this with new passion, fervor, connections, and tools to share the gospel, together. The church tends to be at her best...Read More ➔
How to start a discipleship group Read the online guide, and then select facilitators and form groups. Community group leaders can form discipleship groups of three to four men or women from within each community group, using this guide that explains how to select facilitators for each discipleship group, and then how to launch and structure the groups. Community group leaders should lean on their group coach and groups pastor as needed after having r...Read More ➔
Place matters. A person and a people’s story is impossible to understand apart from their place of origin and life lived in a place. They learn their way in a place, they show their way in a place, and they make decisions to be in a place. We see this in the Lord Jesus Christ. He himself was like us in every respect (Hebrews 2) including His attachment to and choice of place. So, it is important to consider what places the Lord Himself chose to spend His time. And ...Read More ➔
Why do we do groups? Why does any church have some type of smaller group context? Even if your church does not have a formalized pathway for this, I can almost guarantee you that it is happening in some informal sense. We do groups because we’ve always done them. As the church of Jesus Christ, We have 2,000 years of God’s people leaving large teaching gatherings going into smaller contexts, usually homes, to encourage one another and build each other up. We...Read More ➔
Like so many people I meet, you might be saying, “I want to get better at mission, but I don’t feel like I have any margin in my life.” If that's you, you might be helped by thinking about mission as “three ways of making room for God to come in.” Many people who already are operating with little to no margin in their lives hear the call to be on mission as added homework. But moving out on mission is often less about doing more, and more a...Read More ➔