This fall is going to be great season in our family’s life for a lot of reasons. Yes, we’re out of our minds excited to welcome a new little life into our home. I cannot wait to meet this kid!!! The girls are happy and excited too. We don’t have long to go now, and it’s getting REAL!! We have all the baby stuff ready. We have names picked out. Let’s hold that baby!! 🙂
On top of that, Clemmy and I are going to be leading two amazing small groups come September. We’ll be stepping into a leadership role in the group we’re in currently, and in addition, we just met with a handful of great brothers and sisters in Christ that will compose the core of a new group we’ll be launching when summer ends.
The more time I spend with my small groups, the more I love being part of them. I know not all groups are sunshine and roses, and ours isn’t always either, but I can honestly say I’ve never been more excited about my faith journey than I am right now, and the wonderful people in these two groups are a big part of that.
Because I’m so excited about these groups, I’ve been devouring information about what makes a healthy group, how to lead well, how to deal with common issues, etc. One of the books I’m reading right now that has done more than anything to shape my mindset regarding small groups isn’t even a book about small groups (per se). It’s called “Reimagining Church” by Frank Viola, and it’s all about analyzing and defining what the body of Christ looked like in the early church, and how we can translate that into our lives today. It’s really blowing my mind, and it’s shaping so much of my philosophy when it comes to group life.
For those of you who love small groups and may be considering leadership, I wanted to post the text of a handout I gave my new group this past week. This group will probably look quite a bit different than other groups I’ve joined and led, but these are the ideas and the format that has yielded the best results in my experience. So take a look, leave a comment, ask a question, and let me know what you think 🙂