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The Stages of a Group: How to build group cohesion

The Stages of a Group: How to build group cohesion How many of us when we start to meet with a group of people, we experience either a great connection or a flop? Often, we begin to look at ourselves and wonder what if this was really what we were supposed to do. Don’t worry, don’t get stressed. What we have found is that groups experience a natural outworking of how much they desire to stick together. The term is called group cohesion, which is basically how sticky they are. Larry Osborne has a book called “Sticky Church” and the process that Osborne promotes the most as to how sticky a church will be is through their small groups. Osborne says, “Anytime a group of friends commit to gather together to share their lives, pray, and discuss the biblical text and life application…good stuff happens.” The gathering together is how a group becomes cohesive with one another. What is interesting though is that this just doesn’t automatically happen. There are times
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The Protectors: Power On- new book release

Hey everyone, Just wanted to share some details about my recent book release. Hope that you enjoy! New Book Release from C Joseph Brasher titled The Protectors: Power On, see how a preteen boy navigates AI technology and learns where true protection comes from #protectors #power #christianfiction via ripl.com The Protectors: Power On Paperback- $9.99: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1676304185/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_CxG-Db35GCJ5B Kindle- $4.99: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082VHH584/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_hHG-Db2SVGESM Follow my author page on Amazon for more information! https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B082XCDRL7

Window-shopping groups

For the first time in a while, I am reading for pleasure. It's funny some of the first books that you pick up whenever you get a chance to read not for an assignment or for work, but to really just enjoy reading. One of the books that I have started to read is "The Best of Vance Havner." I have always enjoyed Havner's quotes and illustrations. I remember that he shared a story about Gypsy Smith, the great evangelist, that was told one time by a church member, you need to sing from the diaphragm. To which Smith replied, "I don't want to sing from the diaphragm, I want to sing from my heart." To which Havner, went on to speak about how this is where our ministry is to come from, our hearts, not from some process. I read today an interesting perspective he had on Christianity, in that there are many today that are window-shopping Christianity. Today's version I guess would be "Scroll-shopping Christianity." In that, we so often want to l

2020 Group Challenge

2020 Group Challenge Ok, here is the once and for all time for us to jump on the bandwagon of 2020 clich├ęs!   This year and season are great times to offer clarity and be reminded of what we are called to do as group leaders that guide people to lives of gospel transformation. Let me be clear, I don’t want you to read this list that makes you think that if you aren’t doing these things you are not a successful group leader. Also do not think that these things have to be accomplished in the first week of 2020. They are meant to be planned and intentional ways for you and your group to grow. However, I believe that if you have a 2020 mindset, you will grow personally as well as through your group. So what is the 2020 Group Challenge?   Here are the main points: Spend 20 minutes in quiet time with the Lord daily (prayer, reading God’s Word, applying God’s Word) Meet 20 new people in the church Meet 20 new people in your neighborhood or city Invit

Discipleship Triangle: Up-In-Out- Super Summer edition

I Corinthians 4:16-17  Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me. For this reason, I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church. From Paul's words, we can see the encouragement (imperative) is to be an imitator. For this week at Super Summer in the discipleship sessions, we discussed what it means to be an imitator of Jesus Christ.  To be imitators of Jesus Christ is to be rooted in Christ as we recognize the authority and lordship of Jesus in our lives! What He says (His Word), we are to do! Simple enough right? Yet this is the very thing that we struggle with, just as in a game of Simon Says, we can miss it if we aren't listening. So the focus this week is to stop in the busyness of our lives and spend time listening to God and then to see how this carries forward to everyday. The example that we use is the Discipleship triangle called Up-I