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bible studySmall Groups

At Our Savior, our Small Group Ministries take on three different forms:

  • Connecting Points
  • LifeGroups
  • Small-Group Bible Study

The differences may be subtle (and some groups may overlap), but it’s incredibly beneficial to be able to communicate what each group is. Below you can learn the difference between the three.

What are the differences?

Connecting Point

A social function that meets on a regular basis. There may be a common interest or activity shared and it’s easy to invite new people. There’s little time spent in instruction or devotion, and the leader is often responsible with organizing a time and place for the gathering. Examples would be dinner parties, exercise groups or sports teams.

Bible Study

An informational and devotional time for people to gather regularly and intensively study Scripture. There’s little time spent in socialization; but due to the class lecture style, it may be easy to invite someone new, provided it’s not the middle of a series.

These often occur on a short-term basis, with a fixed number of meetings, depending on the topic covered. The leader does a large amount of preparation, as they are responsible for teaching the material. Examples would be a Sunday morning class that leads members through a book of the Bible, Financial Peace University or confirmation.

Life Group

A group which regularly meets in a social way and spends considerable time in devotion. This is, the ultimate goal of any small group ministry. It incorporates interaction by encouraging relationships, seeks to inform through small-group devotions and studies, and is most effective at inviting others: through members asking friends and by works of service.

Studies are often done in a discussion style, with the leader simply moderating and facilitating the discussion. Each member is responsible for coming prepared to discuss the chosen topic and add insight to the conversation. These can be short- and long-term, and create tremendous opportunities for spiritual growth and discipleship. Examples include Give Up Give Out groups (short-term), a 55+ small group (long-term) or a college small group.



Small and LifeGroup Leaders

As a leader in the small group ministry at Our Savior, our goal is to help people connect in relationships, grow spiritually, and serve to reach people with the Gospel. In other words, we seek to Invite, Inform, and Interact.

As leaders, we are successful when:

  1. People feel welcomed and are connecting in relationships.
  2. People are growing to become more like Christ and know Him better.
  3. People are empowered to serve others and reach those far from God.

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another… Hebrews 10:24Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 14:15-16Part of the early church’s strategy for transformation:

They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity – all while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their numbers those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47


As our church grows large, we must also grow small!


Key Questions for Leaders

Are you leading a small Bible study or life group? Ask yourself the following questions and see if you are being as effective as possible.


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Interact

  1. Are people getting to know at least one person more?
  2. Are group members connecting outside of official group time?
  3. Are people opening up with others more?

Inform

  1. Are people reading the Bible more? Living life through Scripture?
  2. Are people learning to pray? Seeking God more?
  3. Are people changing habits and lifestyles to be more like Christ?

Invite

  1. Are people developing a missional mindset? Living on purpose?
  2. Are people more engaged in serving the church and others?
  3. Are people excited about using their time, talents, and treasures?


Thank you so much for your interest and involvement in Small Group ministry at Our Savior. As we strive to Live Love together, small groups are one of the most vital ingredients in our effectiveness. Through small groups, we can Love God, Love People, and Serve the World. It is my hope that God would continue to work in you and through you to better advance His Kingdom through love and the Gospel.



 

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