Category — Small Groups

26 Great Reasons to Join a Small Group! (Reasons 21-26)

21. Small groups provide a way for us to be involved in something greater than ourselves! This past Christmas a small group rallied around a family that was hurting financially due to an onslaught of medical bills. This small group gave generously to provide a Christmas for this family! The noteworthy thing about this incident is that the majority of the small group members had never met this needy family. Small groups truly do give us opportunities to be a part of something bigger than ourselves!

22. Small groups cultivate an environment in which the Lord is present with us! Jesus said in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” When the Twin Towers came down in the awful terrorist attack on the US in 2001, my wife and I met a couple of days later with our small group of young single adults. With the emotions of this horrible tragedy still raw in our minds and hearts, we gathered together that evening to worship and pray to the One who could make sense of it all. We spent the evening simply worshiping God, praying for the victims and their families and for our nation. The sense of God’s presence among us was overwhelming. [Read more →]

March 9, 2012   Comments Off on 26 Great Reasons to Join a Small Group! (Reasons 21-26)

26 Great Reasons to Join a Small Group! (Reasons 16-20)

16. Small groups are like the “mud room” in the farm house! Come as you are! A small group must be a safe place to be transparent and honest. In the small group we cry and laugh together. As long as we live behind a facade before others, we will not grow in Christ and we cannot help others grow in Christ. James said, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other.” (James 5:16)

17. Small groups provide us with the accountability that we desperately need! A few years ago, I was leading a men’s small group over the lunch hour. One of our guys (I’ll call him Kent) came in late and was noticeably troubled. We greeted Kent and I asked him what was wrong. He blurted out that he had just had a fight with his wife. I asked him if he had reconciled with her, to which he answered no. He explained what their argument was over and it was crystal clear to all of us that Kent was being extremely unreasonable and unloving toward his wife. Playfully, we told him to get back home and make things right with his wife and to let us know how things went. To Kent’s credit, he did! Kent was grateful for our tough love for him (and so was his wife!). [Read more →]

February 27, 2012   Comments Off on 26 Great Reasons to Join a Small Group! (Reasons 16-20)

26 Great Reasons to Join a Small Group! (Reasons 11-15)

11. Small groups exhibit Christ in the home to our children, neighbors and friends. Acts 2:47, they were “praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” Our singles small group used to meet on our back patio on warm summer evenings. We sang praises to God accompanied by a guitar. To be honest, I was a bit self-conscious, concerned that we might be disturbing the neighbors. On the contrary, our neighbors loved the fact that these young people were singing praises to God! Also, over many years of leading small groups, our children watched, participated and took it all in. Today they are leading, participating in and understand the importance of small groups because of what we modeled for them.

12. Small groups demonstrate that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts! Two Small groups raised over $10,000 to dig a well in Uganda and in the process impacted hundreds of people. Their efforts even made the evening news on television! [Read more →]

February 22, 2012   Comments Off on 26 Great Reasons to Join a Small Group! (Reasons 11-15)

26 Great Reasons to Join a Small Group! (Reasons 6-10)

6. Small groups help fulfill Christ’s design for us to be part of His family. We read about that in Ephesians 2:19-21. We can be a part of a large church, but we may not experience family unless we’re part of a small group.

7. Small groups follow Jesus’ example with His twelve disciples! Jesus chose twelve men…that they might be with Him…(Mark 3:14)Jesus spent time with many others too, but he focused on the twelve. There is a limit to the number of people we can impact deeply with our lives. Small groups provide a great environment in which to influence and impact a few deeply. [Read more →]

February 4, 2012   Comments Off on 26 Great Reasons to Join a Small Group! (Reasons 6-10)

26 Great Reasons to Join a Small Group! (Reasons 1-5)

1. Small groups are biblical! See Acts 2:46 (NLT) “They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity.”

2. Small groups meet our God-designed need for relationship! God created us for relationship with Him and with others. Small groups can provide an ideal environment for us to cultivate deep, lasting relationships.

3. Small groups enable us to stay small as the church grows larger! While large churches enjoy many advantages, they also struggle with how to provide meaningful, caring relationships. Small groups offer a great solution to this challenge. And even smaller churches need small groups! [Read more →]

January 23, 2012   Comments Off on 26 Great Reasons to Join a Small Group! (Reasons 1-5)

Strategies for Discipleship

Strategies for Discipleship
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Strategies for Discipleship

A Small Group Curriculum that Targets the Skills for Discipling Others

Authored by Rob Fischer
Authored with Dan Jarrell

Strategies for Discipleship is a small group curriculum. The Strategies for Discipleship are relational skills that equip followers of Jesus in propelling themselves and others forward in their relationship with God. The Strategies for Discipleship are biblical, relational, transferable disciple-making skills. We present these skills in a seven-week, small group format with both personal projects and small group discussion elements.

The goal of Strategies for Discipleship is a deeper relationship with God that results in life change-life change in you and in others whom you lead, interact with, and influence.

Discipleship is neither optional nor the deluxe tour for Christians! As disciples of Jesus Christ, we intentionally follow Jesus, growing in relationship with him and inviting him daily to transform us making us more like him.
How do we disciple others?
* We must model and coach discipleship. Discipleship is more caught than taught.
* Discipleship occurs in the context of the community of Christ and in spiritual partnership with other followers of Christ. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)
* Attend to the skills of discipling others and not merely the content of our teaching.
* We can effectively disciple others One-on-one, in small groups and even in larger groups. We often assume that one-on-one discipleship is the best possible combination. But, one-on-one discipleship is not always the most effective means of discipling others. There are times in which discipling others can be much more effective in groups.
* Discipleship is a life-long process. Paul wrote to the Christ-followers in Philippi, “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6 NLT)

About the author:
Rob Fischer is pastor of small groups, discipleship and leadership development at Southside Christian Church in Spokane, Washington. Rob came to know Christ at a young age and God really took hold of his life at 19. Rob is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Spokane, Washington; Northwestern College, Roseville, Minnesota; Luther Rice Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia; and Amberton University, Garland, Texas. Rob served as pastor of two small churches in the US; helped establish two churches in Austria; managed the training and development functions for Burlington Northern Railroad and Kaiser Aluminum; and worked as pastor of adult ministries at ChangePoint, Anchorage, Alaska. Rob and his wife Linda have three children and seven grandchildren. Rob is passionate about leading people into deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, resulting in life change.

Dan Jarrell serves as teaching pastor at ChangePoint church in Anchorage, Alaska, where he has been since 2000. He entered a relationship with Jesus Christ in 1977 while studying geology at Southern Oregon University. Dan holds a graduate degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, where he is currently finishing a doctoral program. He served on the faculty of Multnomah University, planted a church in Conway, Arkansas and served as teaching pastor with Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dan has also been a speaker for Family Life conferences for many years. Dan and his wife Kathie have five children. Dan loves the church! His passion is to lead the church as it becomes a community that enjoys God fully, is constantly transformed by God’s Spirit, and demonstrates the heart of Jesus to the world around it.

Publication Date:
Nov 02 2011
146646903X / 9781466469037
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Black and White
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December 29, 2011   Comments Off on Strategies for Discipleship