Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
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Do They Make a Difference?
Maybe you’ve led a group in the past or you’re looking to be a new Home Group Leader, but you want to know, do they really make a difference? Absolutely! Community within the church is so important because it takes a group of people encouraging and correcting each other to ensure we stay on the right path.
It says in Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” It is so easy to become distracted and let sin creep into our lives, so it is extremely important to build strong relationships with people that desire to live the way God has called us to! Home Groups make it easy to build those relationships, they keep our church on the same track, and they are a great opportunity to invite someone who doesn’t know Jesus.
There have been people that started coming to JRNY because they were first invited to a Home Group. In fact, we have a teammate at our Limerick Campus, that was first invited to a Home Group from a friend and has been coming to JRNY and serving ever since. There’s also a couple that serves at the Phoenixville Campus that was first invited to JRNY by going to someone’s Home Group, now both husband and wife serve and are growing in their relationship with Jesus! It’s been proven to be a great opportunity to represent JRNY and what we are all about, in hopes it will lead people into a relationship with God! When you invite someone into your home and make them feel welcomed and relaxed, it is the perfect atmosphere to allow them to open-up about areas in their lives that they want to see God change and help lead them to take their next steps. So really, Home Groups not only make a difference, they are critical to the health and growth of our church!
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Stay on Topic
It doesn't matter if you have a small or large group, whenever people are put in a room together, you never know where the conversation will end up! This is where the leader comes in. Maybe you are thinking, “why does it matter if we stay on topic?” or “let’s just see where the Spirit leads.” The Bible says a lot about the importance of seeking wisdom and coming together to talk about Him and praise Him. If we go off topic it distracts from all that God wants us to learn from the lesson.
It says in Proverbs 2:2-5:
Making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. It comes with focus and intentionality. So how can you lead your group to stay on topic?
Here’s three things you can do when someone goes off topic:
If that person keeps leading the conversation in the wrong direction, you can have a personal conversation with them, explaining the importance of staying on topic. Let’s remember, it is that teaching that brought everyone together which means there’s something really powerful in discussing it as a group!
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Do You Want To Be Great?
So many of us want to be great leaders but what’s the difference between a good leader and a great leader? Is it worth striving for the next level of excellence as a leader? Absolutely! We have more influence than we possibly know. As Christians, we have a great responsibility to be Christ’s ambassador which simply means that we are His representatives and our only purpose is to do His Will. We want to be able to lead those around us to grow in their relationship with Jesus, to grow in obedience, and to lead others. Here are some differences between good leaders and great leaders. What category do you fit in?
Paul says in Philippians 3:12-14
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
We want to encourage you to keep growing and striving for excellence! Great leaders change the world!
This Bible Plan looks at the lives of a few Biblical characters who were definitely 'Bout That Life: willing to do whatever it took to follow God. God's calling has remained the same through centuries: the question is, what will our response be?
Q: HOW DO I KEEP UP WITH MY GROUP MEMBERS?
A: Planning Center has created a service called “Groups” that makes managing & contacting members of your group easy! Check out the video below to learn how to use the Groups App! If it is easier for your group members you can also use Facebook, or start a group text chat!
Q: HOW IMPORTANT IS THE ATMOSPHERE OF MY HOME?
A: People have a ‘good’ experience before they have a ‘God’ experience. From the moment they arrive, guests should feel welcome and ‘at home.’ You might get to host someone who hasn’t been to church yet, so by extension, this is their first experience with Journey. Scented oils/candles, a clean house & good food are some easy ways to make people feel welcome!
Q: WHAT DO I DO FOR FOOD AT MY GROUP?
A: Each week, coordinate as a group how you will divide the responsibility of next week’s meal. This may be a potluck dinner, dessert, or just snacks - you decide! We do not want you to bear the burden of cost and preparation every week.
Q: HOW DO I GROW MY GROUPS?
A: With the weeks leading up to the start of Home Groups, we are going to have stations set up on Sunday at each Campus so that you can talk to guests and teammates about joining your group. The amount of people in your group will depend on the amount of time and effort you put in to inviting people personally to your group. This will help alleviate the amount of people that sign-up but don't show up due to fears such as going to an uncomfortable, new environment. Use every situation to invite people to your group! Who are the people you see on Sunday? What about neighbors, family members, or co-workers? Have you invited them to your group? Look at every interaction as an opportunity!
Q: SHOULD I HAVE CHILDCARE?
A: If you have kids, we highly encourage you to get childcare for your group because it will broaden the amount of people who are able to attend. We want to do our best to make sure we have ample room across all our groups for families with kids, and it makes it easy to host childcare at your home for all families involved.
Q: HOW DO I GET CHILDCARE?
A: If you have a regular babysitter that you use often, you are welcome to enlist their help for childcare services. If you are in need of a childcare provider, you can use Care.com to help you find a babysitter in your area. It's the same organization the church works closely with & uses for events that we hold (Black & White Leadership Nights, etc.).
Q: HOW DO I PAY FOR CHILDCARE?
A: If your group has children, discuss how much the babysitter is paid and split the cost amongst parents (regardless of how many kids they have - give the family with 5 kids a break for once!). We recommend having parents in your home group pay for the babysitter one week ahead of time. They can pay with cash or through the Zelle or Venmo app. Feel free to email email@example.com if you have any further questions!
If your group has 7 children in it, and 2 of them are your own, three of them are from one family, and two of them are from another, here would be the breakdown:
You would hire one babysitter at $15/hr for about 2 hours, so that would cost the group $30. Divide the total cost of childcare ($30) by 3 families, and each of you would be responsible for $10 each night of home groups.