Monthly Archives: February 2015

Leading an Externally Focused LIFE Group

by Jay Fennell One of the biggest challenges in leading a LIFE Group is keeping the group externally focused. An externally focused group intentionally builds bridges into the lives of others, especially non-group members. Externally focused groups travel together toward Christlikeness but always looking outward for others to bring on the journey with them. It’s a challenge to lead a group to be externally focused because the natural tendency for any group is to be internally focused, especially groups a … Continue reading

Truth: Defending the Faith – Part 4

It can be difficult in today’s world to communicate the truths of the Gospel. Often in media, competing points-of-view are represented in ways that make Christ-followers feel irrelevant. It is up to us, as believing Christians, to clearly communicate the freedom and abundant life found in Christ while using relevant ways that represent the Truth. In doing this, we have to be careful not to water down the life-changing message in order to be more accepted by the world. Tertullian … Continue reading

Avoiding the Closed Group Syndrome

by Jay Fennell Every small group or Sunday school class drifts toward becoming inwardly focused. Here’s how it plays out: a new group forms and enjoys early days of developing new relationships and connections with people. Everyone is equally eager to develop these relationships. The group grows numerically as new faces are added. Excitement builds as the group grows and reaches new people who were formerly unconnected.  This momentum lasts for a time but, after a while, it slows as … Continue reading