For six weeks we will walk through the life and ministry of Jesus.
As groups meet throughout Charlottesville and the surrounding counties, we believe we will experience life-changing moments in our group members’ lives as we focus our attention on core principles of the christian life. The combination of Pete’s preaching, a weekly video, and discussion questions designed for your small group will create an excellent environment for application based learning.
Our six week small groups will be meeting through out the week at times that are set by the group leader. Groups will launch the week of September 13th and conclude the week of October 18th.
As hosts, it is crucial that we cultivate a warm environment for our guests in order to show them the the love of Christ (John 13:34). Hospitality is the outflow of love and unity. The following will set the stage for a great group experience:
When it comes to getting everyone to participate in your small group, it’s important that you as the leader, set the tone for the groups involvement and openness.
Beginning: Greet people as they arrive. Dedicate some time for fellowship so that people can begin to get to know each other.
Middle: Transition to the spiritual emphasis portion of your group (20-30)
End: Be sure to dismiss promptly by the determined end time. Let everyone know that it is okay to leave if they need to, or are welcome to hang around longer. Allow this additional time for people to talk, pick up a snack or beverage, etc.
An invitation makes someone feel special. It comes because of an existing relationship. On the other hand, informing is generally impersonal and no relationship is needed.
An invitation says “I want you here.” When I’m invited to a party, the host has already decided he/she wants me to attend. I have nothing to do but decide yes or no, and show up. Too often in ministry we invite everyone, then set about qualifying those who respond.
When I go online, I find many options for movies and show times playing at multiple locations. Nothing about reading this causes me to feel invited to those movies. However, when my friend suggests a movie, I know I’ve been invited out. The same is true of an invitation to join with you in your small group.