5 BIG Things: Continued Leadership in Pandemic

You are valued. The pastoral leadership you give to your family and small group are vital. God has positioned you to be a leader and encourager especially during this pandemic season. So many things we can’t control are frustrating, even frightful, but we know God has this. Let’s continue to ask God for the lesson in all this and the continued opportunity to be the light of Christ to our friends and neighbors in such a dark season.

Gospel Conversations

Prep a Gospel Presentation tool for your group to learn. We recommend “3 Circles” for an easy, clear presentation of the Gospel (there’s an app for your phone too!)


Take some time to look into Project Connect which operates out of our Woodbine Campus. It’s an opportunity to minister to whole families with your family. Share what you learn with your group.


To inspire your Group to look past the pandemic mess of schedules and freedoms, discuss a GOAL for the Group for 2021.  Maybe start with each person’s goal then discuss one for the Group.


What about planning a Post-Covid party? No one knows when this will be but we can sure be ready.  Who can you empower to plan, design, and schedule such a gathering? What can each couple/person in the Group do to add to this celebrative event?


Change up meeting times or days, and even the study. If you have been in a particular book of the Bible, try a different one. If you have been using a certain dated curriculum, try something new.  Our office has several choices, divided somewhat by the season of the Group.

5 BIG Things for this Week: 12/13

Jesus commands us to make disciples by: going, baptizing, and teaching to obey. Our strategy for making disciples with Jesus is to have Gospel Conversations to be GOING to our neighbors and nations, and to be a part of a GROUP that grows, cares, and equips.

  • Gospel Conversations: Dedicate a group meeting to allow for each group member to practice sharing their testimony in five minutes. There are three phases of sharing your testimony:
    • 1. What was your life like before Christ?
    • 2. How did you come to know Christ?
    • 3. What is your life like after putting your faith in Christ? Provide any constructive feedback after each group member shares their story.
  • Going: Volunteer to engage the community by serving at the Parking Lot Christmas on 12/13. Email Amy-Jo for details: [email protected].
  • Grow: Ring in the New Year by picking a Bible.com reading plan to go through together or use the YouVersion app.
  • Care: Since Group Christmas parties can’t be in-person festive as in past years, why not spice up Christmas spirit by creating “My Small Group Playlist” on Spotify and have members add their favorite Christmas and worship songs to listen to during workouts, drives, or chores around the house.
  • Equip: A unique way to celebrate Christmas and get to know more about each other in your Group is to share how the birth of Jesus has changed your life. Discuss who is and isn’t baptized in your group. Have those who have been baptized share their experience and discuss how to help facilitate the baptisms of those who haven’t yet. Contact Todd Bishop [email protected] to find out how to get baptized.