When Sparks Fly – Sermon Series and Helps

We just started our latest sermon series Sunday, “When Sparks Fly.” It is about how to be reconciled to each other and live at peace. Conflict always brings out so much emotion. Everybody can relate to the struggle to live as one and to resolve issues. No one is free from this. I could see … Continue reading

Sunday Recap — Confrontation

It was a great day today touching on the how and why we confront. The sermon was on the same subject. In fact, for the next two weeks we’ll be on the subject of conflict resolution. Scary stuff for many. Great when we work it through. If you look to the previous post you’ll find … Continue reading

What's coming up in May

May is a big month for us in ABFs & HABFs. There are a couple important things for us to accomplish. 1) Rosters. I know this seems so boring BUT this May 15th it’s very fun. We believe we smashed our Embrace Tomorrow goal of having 60% of our congregation in a group. How close … Continue reading

Sunday Ready — ReGroup week 1

Here’s where I’ve landed for Sunday after some thought. When I read Bonhoeffer this week I knew I had to put it into the lesson. It’s way too powerful and I’m really connecting with his push. So, we’re going look at Hebrews 10:24 & 25. This is a biblical view of community. We’ll counter it … Continue reading

Bonhoeffer-What ruins community

A book that everyone quotes is Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. He has a very convicting manner of telling us how to live in true biblical community. Here’s the quote that has made me think a bunch today. “One who wants more than what Christ has not established does not want Christian brotherhood. He is looking for … Continue reading

Follow up from OCEA-Creating Healthy Communities

For those that joined me at the workshop, thanks for a lively discussion. We hit all the important issues in growing a group. Whether you run a Sunday School, an Adult Bible Fellowship or a Small Group the principles we discussed will help you run a strong and healthy community group. Here’s the five components … Continue reading

Connecting in your Group — Before

I remember the first ABF I visited. I was new on staff at the church and was going around visiting and trying to learn what my new job was about. As I went into one of our mid-singles Adult Bible Fellowship I was really impressed. This group had really thought through how to connect before … Continue reading

Connecting in your Group — After

Some of the best connecting doesn’t happen in the meeting itself. Its surprisingly so. I found this out in a group that I was a part of. We’d meet and it would be pretty good. We’d study the Bible. We’d pray for each other. We did have some solid connection. One time my friend Greg invited … Continue reading

Connecting in your Group — Share your Story

My wife has been leading a women’s discipleship group for the last couple years. She’s worked hard preparing for the lessons. The Bible portion has been transforming. Part of the program is what the call tapestry. On these days the ladies are asked to share a piece of their story. It might be to tell … Continue reading

We can’t compete

Don’t forget how important the relationships in your groups are. Its great to have a powerful Bible study. We want that to be a significant part of our groups. (Equip, Care & Outreach) Just remember they can get a better Bible study online or on the radio. There are literally hundreds of sites, mp3s, programs they … Continue reading