WHAT WE DO?>>>
We create small group environments where people can experience community, settle their yesterdays and take next steps.
WHY WE DO IT?>>>
1. BECAUSE IT IS THE BIBLICAL MODEL.
Acts 2, 3
2. BECAUSE PEOPLE NEED TO BE KNOWN.
People only stay for two reasons>>>
-Need to be needed
-Need to be known
3. PEOPLE NEED HEALING.
-People need deliverance.
-Salvation is a moment but deliverance is a process.
-Create safe environments where people can be healed.
There are four aspects to a persons life>>>
-Arena- I know and you know.
-Mask- I know but you don’t know.
-Blindspot- You know but I don’t know.
-Potential- I don’t know and God don’t know… God knows.
4. PEOPLE NEED TO GROW.
-Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpens iron.”
LIFE CHANGE HAPPENS IN RELATIONSHIPS.
HOW WE DO IT?>>>
1. MUST HAVE TOTAL COMMITTMENT.
-Pastor leads a group.
-Staff leads groups.
-The church is a church of groups.
-NO COMPETING MINISTRIES. All ministries are GROUPS.
-Mention it in every message in every Sunday.
2. LET GROUPS BE FREE-MARKET.
-They can gather under anything.
-The idea of the group is the HOOK but the reason they gather is so they can take the next steps.
-Everyone in your church is already in groups. They just don’t meet and consider it a small group.
-Tell them to keep doing what they are doing and turn it into ministry.
3. CREATE ANCHORS/HUBS.
-Way to keep them organized so the major areas are maintined.
Think of it like a mall. You have these smaller stores but they are anchored around the big stores like JC Penny and Sears. The stores that surround them are similar.
4. USE EVENTS TO PROMOTE GROUPS.
-There are many things you do that do not push your vision.
-Events are important because they become catalysts for things that are important.
5. MEET WEEKLY.
-A group is not a meeting. A group meets weekly.
-Your family is not dinner. Your family has dinner.
Every group is asked to do every week>>>
ECOURAGE- pastor people.
SCRIPTURE- always share a verse.
PRAYER- always pray for people. Pray for them by name every day.
NEXT STEPS- always help people move to the next step with God. Identify everyone in your group and help them take one step.
6. MEET IN THREE ANNUAL SEMESTERS.
-Spring- 13 weeks, Summer- 6 weeks, Fall -13 weeks
-Semesters let people join at the beginning.
-THE NUMBER ONE DETERENT FOR PEOPLE JOINING A SMALL GROUP IS THAT IT HAS ALREADY BEGUN.
-Most groups continue but the new semesters give people a chance to feel like it’s new.
-Semesters let you take advantage of natural START and STOP times.
-Don’t do groups in down months like May and December.
7. COVER THE GROUPS WITH PASTORS AND COACHES.
8. CONTINUALLY TRAIN NEW LEADERS.
-Number one job of staff is to equip saints to do ministry.
-Everyone on staff is measured by how they are growing teams.
-Whatever gets measured and rewarded gets done.