Life Group Leadership

 

Life Group Relaunch: As of September 2021, Life Church has re-launched our life groups!

What is a cell church? What is a Life Group? Etc.

In order to lead a life group a Life Church, you need to understand what life group is and what it means that we are a cell church. You can read up on that on the following web page:

About Our Life Groups

Leading a Life Group

Leading a life group is a privilege and a wonderful way to serve the Lord, your congregation, and people in general.

Depending on the type of work that you do,  at some point in your life you may be asked to lead a small group – at work, at a volunteer activity, in your neighborhood, or in some other ministry context.  Unfortunately, this often gets very little attention in your education and work—caring for and bringing out the best in people in a group setting.  Life Church asks that all new life group leaders participate in our annual training, but that training is also open to anyone who wants to grow and increase their skillset.  It is also a chance to explore whether being a life group leader is something you want to try. All life group leaders are supervised by a member of the Leadership Team, so you can be confident that we will provide you with the support you need to lead effectively and biblically. There is an additional benefit to small group training:  it’s another thing you can put in your resumé!

Our life group leadership training is still under development but, if you’re interested in leading a group, speak to someone from our staff. They will be able to assess your readiness and guide you through our training process.

Here are some resources for current or aspiring life group leaders:

Volunteer to Help Your Life Group Leader

The resources above will should be helpful to prospective life group leaders, but one of the best ways that you can prepare for life group leadership is by volunteering to help lead a portion of your life group meetings. Checkout the “Life Group Meetings” section below for more information about how to do this!

The Work of a Shepherd

Scriptures that warn about shepherds:

Lesson 1: Psalm 23

Life group leaders are actually serving as shepherds under the shepherding ministry of the pastoral leadership (“pastor” is just another word for “shepherd”) and all under the guidance of our Great Shepherd – Jesus (John 10:1-21)! One way to approach your work of shepherding the members of your life group through the lens of Psalm 23. In this well-known psalm, David describes various ways that the Lord takes care of him:

A Psalm of David.

A psalm of David.
1   The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

This lesson and the ones that follow include questions to consider for each of your life group members. When you ask your members these questions, be sure to take notes so that you can incorporate them into your shepherding and praying for them on an ongoing basis.

Checkout the following:

Topics to explore in discussion:

    • How familiar are you with this psalm?
    • What did it mean to David to have the Lord as his shepherd?
    • What does it mean to you?

Additional resources to check out:

Training assignment (do this yourself, and use it to help train someone else):

    • Read Psalm 23 and think through the ways in which you experience being shepherded whether by the Lord or by the pastors in your congregation. Is anything missing? Talk to your own ministry supervisor about your own pastoral needs.
    • Think about the pastoral needs of your life group members. How are they experiencing the Lord as their shepherd? How re they experiencing you as a shepherd?
    • Are you the main, or only connection that your life group members have with the group? If so, you will eventually find yourself carrying an excessive share of the relational burden of the group. How can you make sure that the members develop strong connections with one another so that the groups overall relational burden is shared.

Habits

    • Set up a regular time to pray for your life group members, by name and by need.
    • Set up a regular time to meet with your life group members.

Lesson 2: The Lord is my shepherd

Before we explore the various ways that the Lord takes care of our life group members, let’s consider their overall experience of him as their shepherd.

Checkout the following:

Topics to explore in discussion:

    • Are your life group members experiencing the Lord as a shepherd?
    • What dreams do your life group members have?

The following 3 questions can help you discover the dreams and aspirations of your life group members. Knowing their dreams and aspirations can help you shepherd and pray for them more effectively:

      • What goals would you be setting for yourself if you knew you could not fail?
      • What dreams would you have on the drawing board if you had unlimited financial resources?
      • What plans would you be making if you had thirty years to carry them out?
    • Are your life group members praying? Do they have prayer partners? If not, how will you address this?
    • Are your life group members showing up for Sunday service? Are they showing up for life group? If not, how will you address this?

Additional resources to check out:

    • The Lord’s Prayer Archives – Walking The Text
    • You may very well have come across a variation of the “what goals would you be setting . . .” question before. It originated with Rev. Dr. Robert H. Schuller. During the course of his career, Rev. Schuller often addressed the subject of dreams and aspirations. Although we am NOT endorsing his philosophy or teaching as a whole, these questions from Chapter 2 of his 1973 book “You Can Become the Person You Want To Be” have proven to be useful and have been quoted and circulated by others.

Training assignment (do this yourself, and use it to help train someone else):

    • Answer the above questions for yourself. Share your answers with your ministry supervisor.
    • Plan to discuss the above question with your life group member at your next meeting. If you don’t have a meeting scheduled, set one up.

Habits

    • Build up your own prayer life. Keep praying for your life grouup members.

Lesson 3: Green pastures

A shepherd provides his/her sheep with nutritious food to eat. The Lord provides us with what we need to sustain us, but it’s up to us to feed on what he provides.

Checkout the following:

Topics to explore in discussion:

    • Are your life group members experiencing green pastures?

Additional resources to check out:

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Training assignment (do this yourself, and use it to help train someone else):

    • ?

Habits

    • ?

Coming Soon:

Lesson 4: Quiet waters

Lesson 5: Refreshing his soul

Lesson 6: Guidance along right paths

Lesson 7: Comfort through his rod and staff

Lesson 8: Preparing a table

Lesson 9: Anointing his head with oil

Lesson 10: Causing his cup to overflow

Lesson 11: Pursued by goodness and love

Lesson 12: Permanent home in the Lord’s house

As you pastor your life group members, take some time to think about each member and prayerfully reflect on each of these benefits that the Lord is trying to accomplish in his/her life. How can you cooperate with what God is doing in each of these areas?

Psalm 23 Resources

Please check out the following resources:

Teaching

Life group leaders must be prepared to teach.

Teaching means more than just encouraging.

  • You will need to plan what you want your disciple to learn.
  • Life is busy – you will need to take advantage of teachable moments:
  • At any moment you have choices:
    • Find out what dreams and/or fears your disciple has.
    • Find out how life is treating your disciple.
    • Offer feedback
    • Reinforce an old concept.
    • Introduce some new concept.
  • You will make mistakes:
    • Consider the Parable of the Minas: Luke 19:11-27
      • A mina is worth 3 months wages.
      • Spoken to a general audience.
    • Consider the Parable of the Talents: Matthew 25:14-30
      • A talent is worth 60 minas – 15 years wages.
      • Spoken only to the disciples.
    • Don’t let your fear of mistakes keep you from obeying God.
    • Teach your life group members how to be faithful in their allegiance to Jesus and to God’s Kingdom. Teach them to teach others to do the same.
    • You have two choices:
      • Make mistakes while you are trying to do God’s will.
      • Make mistakes while you resist doing God’s will.

Life Group Meetings

You can read more about life group meetings on our Life Group Meetings page.

Life Group Goals

We have goals for both life group members and life group leaders. You can read more about them on our Life Group Goals page.

Revisions

05/31/2012 – Created.


Life Group / Cell Ministry Resources (for your convenience)

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