SPRING 2018 HOME GROUPS TOPIC
What if we told you that the only thing standing between you and the blessing of God was actually you? Time and time again we see in scripture that our obedience is directly tied to a move of God. Is there something you've been praying & asking God for? Is there something that always seems to be missing from your life & you're not sure why? Chances are, there is an area of obedience that you have yet to walk out. This Home Group series is designed to help you and your group to challenge each other, hold each other accountable, and take those steps of obedience. On the other side of obedience is all that God has for us - it's our decision to walk into it!
NEVER LED A GROUP BEFORE?
Check out this Bible Plan to learn the significance
of Home Groups and your role as a leader! We'll take a look at what the Bible says about unity and growing in maturity as the body of Christ!
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!
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: Sunday sign-ups will generate a lot of sign-ups, but not all groups will receive a high number of attenders right away. This doesn’t mean your group won’t be successful. 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 email email@example.com and she will help you to locate one using an organization the church works closely with & uses for events that we hold (Black & White Leadership Nights, etc.). Don't feel overwhelmed, we're here to help!
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. The video will have a section in it that will lead your group to pause the video and have people with kids pay the home group leader for their portion (cash, check, Zelle, etc.). Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.