Revisit some of your lifegroup practices to give your gatherings the kickstart they need.
In Luke 5:4, we hear Jesus command Peter to “put out into deep water”. Jesus was instigating a huge change in the lives of Peter and Andrew with a seemingly small ask – to obey Him in one small change. Change held both opportunity and risk for them. In choosing to obey Jesus, they achieved great business success that day. But that success led them to make a momentous change in their lives and careers – from fishermen to fishers of men.
Like Jesus to his disciples, we are as leaders, change agents to the people we lead.
Change creates momentum and sometimes it’s a good idea to revisit some of your lifegroup practices to give your gatherings the kickstart they need. Here are some ideas to consider:
1. Identify and focus on what will make a big impact
Kicking off the new year with some new goals (and energy) is always a good idea. A new calendar year can act as a catalyst to create or re-boot your vision and goals for your groups, and get some things into action. For instance, this might be the year that your group decides to look outward towards serving the community or sharing a skill set you have to bless another group within the church. Take advantage of the new year’s energy to focus on what is truly important, and if done differently, will make a big impact in your life group.
2. Look for needed changes
As life group leaders, it may be useful for us to relook at our gathering over the last year for lessons: Reflect on what are the things that we are doing well, what we do better and then decide on what needs to change going forward. Invite the group to take ownership of the kind of change they want. You may also want to look for needed changes in culture. For example, is punctuality for lifegroup something you want to instil as part of your culture? Or perhaps you want to encourage more participation rather than one-way teaching. Now is a good time to inculcate these things.
3. Share new year goals and keep each other accountable
Ask your members about some of the things they want to accomplish this year. You could also use this time to develop some group new year’s resolutions, like doing a devotional together or starting a new format for leading worship. Turn it into a brainstorming session and have some fun with it!
4. Set your intentions right
Many people create resolutions or actions they’d like to take in the new year. These often fall by the wayside, unachieved because we focus on the what rather than the how. We can perhaps consider setting an intention for the year—in other words, how we want to show up in our own lives and the lives of the ones we lead. Our thoughts and behaviours usually dictate our actions. So let’s try and put our focus on our intentions rather than our actions in 2022.
5. Recognise and appreciate small changes
Seize the moment and start appreciating small changes you notice in your members. For example, if someone has taken up a new hobby, or gotten a new haircut, recognise it and show appreciation! It may seem like a small thing, but this will encourage them to continue to embrace change positively and bring about change in other areas of their lives. The more they feel seen and valued by you, their leader, the more they are to initiate change in other areas.
In a recent sermon, Incoming (Part 3), Pastor Rhordan reminded us to let God bring change in you so that He can bring change through you. So for all the change you are hoping to exact in our groups, allow God to change you as well so that you can be a stronger leader. Cheering you on!
The Tree Diagram Checklist is a great way for you to lead your lifegroup into thinking about what some of their spiritual goals for this year are. Check it out here.