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Group Measures of Success

In our vision at our church, we have presented measures of success with the image of a target.  Each one focuses on Christlikeness which is our ultimate target, but also each one helps us to see the target in our relationships with God, family, church, and the world.  I want to present this morning the measures of success for a group.  There are certain things that each group should have as their target.  Some of these are going to be common sense, but I hope they serve as a great reminder of what our true purpose is to be in our Life Groups!

1. Christ is the center of it all.  I know it sounds like a "duh" statement.  It can be so easy in our groups to make it about everything else except Jesus.  The reason that we are gathering is in the name of Jesus to study the Bible which is all about Jesus.  Ephesians 4:15, "But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head- Christ."  We do many things in our Life Groups which are necessary for the growth of our groups and the church, but may we never forget that Jesus is to be the reason for it all!  How is this reflected in our groups?  It happens when we gather around His Word and teach it with boldness.  Remember that we are holding the words of life!  Teach the Bible with authority and be that voice that God has called you to be for Him to this group!

2. Contact every week.  One of the measures of success for our groups is that we are to contact our absentees every single week.  This is how we minister to one another as a group, by letting people know that they are missed.  Trust me, country clubs do not care if you come or go.  All the more reason we are not a country club, we are a church.  Where we do not feel complete if everyone that is on on our roll is not present.  We have people that are out out of fellowship with God or with one another and have simply stopped coming.  Invite them back.  Not with a card, but with a personal touch either face to face or by phone.  You will see a dramatic difference when a group will begin to truly care for one another.

3. Invite guests each week.  There are some people that will get assigned to your groups by being either a first time guest in our worship only.  They may even be a guest from a church event.  We need to let people know that they are welcome to join anytime in our groups.  Also if you are waiting for the church to "give" you guest names to call, you will wait a long time.  A group that is serious about reaching people is not waiting but going and finding.  If you were in an emergency, do you want people to wait and find out where you are, or do you want a search and rescue party out searching for you?  I want people out searching for me.  This is what we are called to do in our groups.  Be search and rescue parties for the lost and unchurched!

4. Have biblical fellowship.  We would be missing a critical link of our Life Groups being successful if we were not participating in biblical fellowship.  Fellowship should be Christ-centered, focused on bringing new people in, and ministers to one another by its richness.  A fellowship is not biblical if it only focuses on self or our four and no more.  It is also not biblical if it does not involve Christ.  Look for opportunities for this to happen and be intentional in presenting ways for your groups to have biblical fellowship.

Teaching (Christ), reaching new people, ministering by contact, and biblical fellowship; these are the components for a rich Life Group experience.  These are the elements as well that will grow Life Groups and be successful!


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