How is a Missional Community Different from a Bible Study?

The following is an article from Matt Carter. Its found in the Verge 2013 Booklet: _________________________________ HOW IS A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY DIFFERENT FROM A BIBLE STUDY? – Matt Carter FROM COMMUNITY GROUPS TO MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES Before, we had what was called community groups. The idea behind community groups was that they were these little smallContinue reading “How is a Missional Community Different from a Bible Study?”

Top Seven Books of 2012

The year has come to an end and its time to do what bloggers do… write a “Top x Books of the Year” list. I have read a ton of books this year. Over 130 which means that I read more than 2 books per week. CRAZY! However as I looked at those books mostContinue reading “Top Seven Books of 2012”

The Essence of Coaching (pt. 4): Cultivating the Heart of a Shepherd

Today we wrap up our series “The Essence of Coaching” which was based off of Bill Donahue’s and Greg Bowman’s book Coaching Life Changing Small Group Leaders by talking about one of the most important aspect of small group leadership: shepherding. _______________________________ The Essence of Coaching – Cultivating the Heart of A Shepherd Today we areContinue reading “The Essence of Coaching (pt. 4): Cultivating the Heart of a Shepherd”

The Essence of Coaching (pt. 3): Cultivating A Passion for Developing Leaders

The Essence of Coaching – Cultivating a Passion for Developing Leaders “Faithful leaders will make disciples, but great leaders focus on making other leaders.”  -Tom Wood  Here is a simple truth, if leaders are going to grow they NEED someone to coach them. Some leaders will not have a coach so they will turn toContinue reading “The Essence of Coaching (pt. 3): Cultivating A Passion for Developing Leaders”

The Essence of Coaching (pt. 2): Cultivating Community

The Essence of Coaching – Cultivating Community So last time we looked at some steps we could take to help cultivate a culture of transformation among our leaders and their Life Groups. Today we will take a look at what it would look like to cultivate a love for community in them. One of myContinue reading “The Essence of Coaching (pt. 2): Cultivating Community”

The Essence of Coaching (pt. 1): Cultivating Transformation

Hey Friends! This week we start a new series about Lifegroups, specficially coaching Lifegroups. In this series I am going to be working around what Bill Donahue and Greg Bowman call the “Essence” of Lifegroup Coaching. __________________________________ The Essence of Coaching – Cultivating Transformation So recently I have been reading some stuff about coaching, specificallyContinue reading “The Essence of Coaching (pt. 1): Cultivating Transformation”

Communion and Commission Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

Below is a resource I use at the beginning of each quarter of Lifegroups, letting leaders know why we celebrate communion and how we celebrate communion at Soma. If this is helpful take it and pass it on, use it for your own community groups! Commission _______________________________ Welcome to Life Group: Communion For week oneContinue reading “Communion and Commission Celebrating the Lord’s Supper”

Simple Smallgroups (pt. 8): Pattern 2 – Steps for Changing in Your Own Group

Last time we evaluated where our groups are along the “Changing” pattern. Today we continue this mini-series on spiritual growth in Lifegroups. In this blog we will take a look at some of the things you could be doing for in your Lifegroups to help them move along the change continuum. ____________________________________________________ Pattern 2: ChangingContinue reading “Simple Smallgroups (pt. 8): Pattern 2 – Steps for Changing in Your Own Group”

Simple Smallgroups (pt. 7): Pattern 2 – Changing in Your Own Group

Last time we started the “Changing” pattern. Today we continue this mini-series on spiritual growth in Lifegroups. In this blog we will take a look at some of the various phases that groups find themselves in during this phase. ____________________________________________________ Pattern 2: Changing (Your Group)  Change… we all aim to change. But stuff so oftenContinue reading “Simple Smallgroups (pt. 7): Pattern 2 – Changing in Your Own Group”

Simple Smallgroups (pt. 6): Pattern 2 – Changing

Back to more Simple Smallgroups! Last time we finished the “Connecting” pattern. Today we start up our new pattern “Changing.” Changing is just the word Bill Search uses for spiritual growth/sanctification. So lets take a look at what this pattern is and how Lifegroups can help us change. ____________________________________________________ Pattern 2: Changing So over theContinue reading “Simple Smallgroups (pt. 6): Pattern 2 – Changing”