Our Community Group ministry at LifePoint Church has a blog. This week they asked me for a post they could include. So below I have copied it. Hopefully it gives you a glimpse into our strategy to encourage people to become Christ-like Influencers.
Gather GROW Serve
First I want to thank Paul and Adam for giving me the opportunity to share some things with you all. It’s not very often I get a chance to share what’s on my heart with a group like you.
I am so thankful for all of our Community Group leaders and the contribution you make in the discipleship strategy of LifePoint Church. Our mission is to Influence People to Find & Follow Jesus. Our goal is to produce Christ-like Influencers. What a great task the Holy Spirit has given us. And you all are the backbone of that strategy. Do you realize how much we have placed on your shoulders? You are the GROW of the strategy (Yes we know growth takes place throughout the strategy). But you guys have a sacred trust to bring those along that are in your charge. There are just too many people at LifePoint for Joe to do it from the platform each week. Plus there’s no accountability in that. You are the ones that guide and encourage many in their journeys of becoming influencers. Thank you so much for all you do to make that happen with those that are in your trust.
Personally I want to just share several things that will help you in your journey:
- Be regular in attending the gatherings on the weekend. Fully engage in worship and apply what you hear each week.
- Be diligent in preparing the discussion for your group each week. Walk through the passage before you lead your group through it.
- Take the charge of serving your community group seriously. Pray regularly for each member of your group. Challenge and encourage them all.
- Be regular in your daily Bible reading and prayer. I have my quiet time chair in our living room where I sit each morning with God’s Word (a cup of coffee too).
Do you catch the similarity of the Gather Grow Serve strategy? I’m asking you to do what we are asking everyone else to do. I believe that it is such a powerful model of discipleship that our people will become Christ-like Influencers by fully engaging in the process. We are counting on you all to fulfill this critically important part of our strategy. My prayer for you all is that you will grow in this work and that many will look back at their time with you as the best part of their journey in becoming Christ-like Influencers.