Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Life Groups Celebration

This Sunday, April 15th, we are doing something that I am very excited in the life of our Life Groups Ministry.  About eight months ago we started working on groups and shaping the future of them at South Hills Church and this week we are going to have our first celebration event!  To me this is like the party that someone would throw if their best friend just finished a marathon; we just finished our first Life Group marathon!

This event is for the Life Group hosts and facilitators in our church (and for the people who want to be a host of group facilitator).  There are three things that I am really hoping to accomplish at this event:

1. Encouragement
Encouragement is something that we tend to lack in our culture.  I love to encourage people and consider that one of my spiritual gifts.  I am excited to get all our team, in one room, give them a high five and tell them how proud I am of them.  This semester we had over half of our church in Life Groups and that is something that we need to be excited about!

2. Cast Vision
How true is it that vision leaks!  I know that vision leaks in my life and I need to be reminded about what I am doing and why I am doing it.  I want to re-cast the vision of our Life Group ministry.  I want to remind our team about the lives that have been changed in our ministry and how I see God using groups in the future of our church.

3. Future Training
I once heard a statement that has stuck with me for life: "leaders are learner".  If we are going to continue being the people who lead the way in our Life Groups ministry there is going to be an element of training involved in every event we have.  Sometimes the training may be the main thing and sometimes it may play a more minor role.  For this event training will play a minor portion and require some follow-up as we encourage all our team to know the online system we have moved to.

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