FOCUS Group Leader Training. New Hope Church September 2006. Session Agenda. Welcome & Introduction – 5 min Group Worship – 15 min Getting to Know You – 10-15 min Session 1 Why Small Groups? 10-15 min Why Me? 45 min Meal Break – Debrief “Why Me” study – 45min Session 2
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New Hope Church
Welcome to New Hope’s first FOCUS (aka Small) Group Leader Training
We are here for several purposes including:
Group worship is important to focus eveyone’s attention on Jesus. Do not worry if there are no musicians – use other resources. The key is to spend time together NOT focused on ourselves and ON God.
Worship includes PRAYER. Set aside time to pray together – share concerns and praises, but also pray for the church, our community, state, nation, and the world. Select a missionary to pray for – even take time to email the missionary and let them know that your group is praying for them.
These activities help people become familiar with each other and are an important component to developing new groups. These activities (aka “icebreakers”) are intended to allow people to comfortably break-down our normal social fears by sharing fun and challenging situations.
Please see Handout #5 in the outline section…
Scripture supports our need for Small Groups.
God observed: “…It is not good for the man to be alone.” – Genesis 2:18
We need encouragement:“24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
– Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
We are one body:“4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”
– Romans 12:4-6
(This session will be conducted as a Small Group study group.)
Debrief Bible Study.
Mission (aka. Outreach, Evangelism)
Tend or care
Tapes & Films
The characteristic behaviors of an organization and its members when subject to various conditions over time.
A model, called the Tuckman Stages, define four stages of group development:
For our purposes, we will rename these stages as:
Please feel free to contact us with questions, concerns, or advice: