Opening Prayer JOHN WESLEY AND SMALL GROUPS Holy

Opening Prayer JOHN WESLEY AND SMALL GROUPS  Holy

Opening Prayer JOHN WESLEY AND SMALL GROUPS Holy Club Vit al Lay-driven Small Group Ministries

Hebrews 10:24-26 (CEB) And let us consider each other carefully for the purpose of sparking love and good deeds. 25 Dont stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.

24 JESUS AND SMALL GROUPS Chose and worked closely with 12 Disciples Sent out teams of 2 GNJUMC STRATEGIC MINISTRY PLAN

Vital congregations evidence their vitality through the number of disciples in small groups for learning and faith formation. To be achieved by 2018 increase the percentage of worshipers in small groups from 43% to 75%. Small Groups Ministry Bring Vitality Because: It Deepens Relationships with People

and God Builds Christian Community Builds Support Networks Americans are among the loneliest people in the

world. - GEORGE GALLUP, JR Our Culture Craves Relationships Acquaintance = Friendship Most Spiritually Vulnerable when Isolated

We Were Created to be in Relationship Let us make humanity in our image - Genesis 1:26 It is not good for the man to be alone. - Genesis 2:18 Jesus

wanted us to be as one like He and the Father so that we would witness to Him Good Community is part of our Mission as the church John 17:20-23 Small Groups Ministry Bring Vitality Because: It Deepens Relationships with People and God

Builds Community Builds Support Networks Enhances Prayer Lives Increases Engagement with Gods Word

Encourages Accountability Offers Opportunity to Discover and Utilize Spiritual Gifts 50% of adult Christians believe there should be more to Christian Life. SMALL GROUPS ENCOURAGE SPIRITUAL GROWTH

But were a small church, we already are a small group. What more can you be doing to grow deeper disciples and community? What is Small Group Ministry? Small groups are groups of people who gather together on a regular basis with the goal of

becoming more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, through an intentional process of learning, mutual support and accountability, and/or service to the world. The Most Successful Small Groups: Are gatherings of up to 15 people

Are intentionally planned for growing disciples faith, spirituality and engagement in the world. Meet at least twice a month

Are rooted in prayer Are conversationally driven Involve study and/or outreach.

Each member becomes a teacher and learner through a facilitated sharing. Workshop Exercise Objectives Identify contextual issues/concerns for creating fruitful Small Group Ministry

Engage in meaningful Small Group experience (utilize Wimberly Story-linking model) Explore Jesus leadership in Small Group Ministry Better Understand our Wesleyan roots for Small Group Ministry

Engage in spiritually alert decision-making process for creating/enhancing Small Group Ministry through Small Group Ministry utilizing the Wesleyan Quadrilateral Anne E. Streaty Wimberly Story-Linking Process (modified) Phase I: Engage the Everyday Story Phase 2: Engage the Christian Faith Story in

the Bible Phase 3 Phase 4 Making Engage Christian Faith Stories Engage in Christian Ethical Decision PHASE ONE: Engage the Everyday Story BETHS STORY

PHASE ONE: Engage the Everyday StoryCont. WHAT PARTS OF BETHS STORY RESONATE WITH YOU? (10 MIN) PHASE TWO: Engage the Christian Faith Story in the Bible

Read John 11: 3245 from CEB aloud. John 11:32-45 (CEB) When Mary arrived where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldnt have died. 32 When Jesus saw her crying and the Jews who had

come with her crying also, he was deeply disturbed and troubled. 34 He asked, Where have you laid him? 33 They replied, Lord, come and see. Jesus began to cry. 36 The Jews said, See how much he loved him! 37 But some of them said, He healed the eyes of the man born blind. Couldnt he have kept Lazarus from dying? 35

John 11:32-45 (CEB) Cont. Jesus was deeply disturbed again when he came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone covered the entrance. 39 Jesus said, Remove the stone. 38 Martha, the sister of the dead man, said, Lord, the smell will be awful! Hes been dead four days. Jesus replied, Didnt I tell you that if you believe, you will see Gods glory? 41 So they removed the

stone. Jesus looked up and said, Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 I know you always hear me. I say this for the benefit of the crowd standing here so that they will believe that you sent me. 43 Having said this, Jesus shouted with a loud voice, Lazarus, come out! 40 John 11:32-45 (CEB) Cont. The dead man came out, his feet bound and his hands tied, and his face covered with a cloth. Jesus

said to them, Untie him and let him go. 44 Therefore, many of the Jews who came with Mary and saw what Jesus did believed in him. 45 PHASE TWO: Engage the Christian Faith Story in the Bible Cont.

WHAT DOES THIS STORY SAY TO YOU? (5 MIN) PHASE TWO: Engage the Christian Faith Story in the Bible Cont. DISCUSS THE ROLES AND ACTIONS OF JESUS, MARY, THEM/THE OTHERS, AND LAZURUS. WHAT SIGNIFICANCE DO YOU FIND IN

THEIR ACTIONS/WORDS? (10 MIN) PHASE TWO: Engage the Christian Faith Story in the Bible Cont. WHAT WAS GOD DOING IN THIS SCRIPTURE AND WHAT WOULD SIMILAR ACTIVITY FROM GOD LOOK LIKE TODAY? (5 MIN)

PHASE THREE: Engaging the Christian Faith Story JOHN WESLEYS STORY John Wesley Systems Genius Wesley didnt ride solo

John Wesley Wesley traveled with a team; the major exceptions were when the team swelled to an entourage. As they traveled, Wesley did contextual training, and they reported and reflected upon what they had experienced in ministry in the town they just left; some of this insight found its way into Wesleys Journal. Should We Change Our Game Plan,

George John Wesley Systems Didnt Genius ride solo

Invited people to join small groups Built structure into and thru small groups

Left room for context PHASE THREE: Engaging the Christian Faith Story Cont. ACTIVITY 2. WHAT STANDS OUT TO YOU ABOUT WESLEYS LEADERSHIP STYLE? WHAT ARE THE POSITIVE

ASPECTS? WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES? HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE WESLEYS STORY TO THE JOHN 11:32-45 (LAZARUS) STORY? PHASE FOUR: Engaging in Spiritually Alert Decision Making WHAT ARE SOME OF THE STRATEGIES AND PERSONAL QUALITIES THAT JESUS AND WESLEY USED TO ENHANCE

THEIR MINISTRY IN THE ACCOUNTS WEVE REVIEWED? (5 MIN) Other Jesus and Wesley Small Group Leadership Stories Jesus Invited Members (Luke 5:27-28 Jesus invites the tax collector to join him) Jesus invested in Members (Matthew 5:1-2 he brought his disciples to the mountain top to teach them)

Jesus lived authentically and taught with authority Mark 1:22 Jesus cared for members (Matthew 8:23-25 Jesus calms the storm) Jesus served with them (Luke 8:1 as he preached, taught and served the 12 were with him) Wesley had methods ticket stories Jesus facilitated learning (Parables)

PHASE FOUR: Engaging in Spiritually Alert Decision Making Cont. Beth Caulfield WHO WOULD BE HELPFUL EXAMPLES/BRIGHT SPOTS FOR YOUR OWN CONTEXT WITH WHOM YOU IDENTIFY THAT CAN ENCOURAGE YOU TO REMAIN FAITHFUL TO WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED ABOUT SMALL GROUP MINISTRY AND TO EXPLORE

ADDITIONAL STRATEGIES? (10 MIN) PHASE FOUR: Engaging in Spiritually Alert Decision Making Cont. Beth Caulfield HOW MIGHT YOU UTILIZE STORYLINKING WITHIN YOUR OWN RESPECTIVE SETTING TO HELP OTHERS EMBRACE SMALL GROUP MINISTRY?

(5 MINUTES) Bibliography ACEVEDO, JORGE. VITAL CHURCHES CHANGING COMMUNITIES AND THE WORLD. NASHVILLE, ABINGDON PRESS, 2012. HEITZENRATER, RICHARD P. WESLEY AND THE PEOPLE CALLED METHODISTS. NASHVILLE: ABINGDON PRESS, 1995. WIMBERLY, ANNE E. STREATY. SOUL STORIES: AFRICAN AMERICAN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION. NASHVILLE: ABINGDON

PRESS, 2005. TYPES OF SMALL GROUPS LONG TERM & SHORT TERM Vit al

Bible Study Study Topic Accountability Ministry Interests & Hobbies Other

*Sunday School classes, music ministry teams and other church groups may, or may not be a small group, depending on how their meetings are structured when considering the above factors. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! The CONFERENCE is here to support you! BETH CAULFIELD Director of Small Groups and Spiritual Visioning (877) 677-2594

Cell: (908) 938-1379 [email protected] Vit al EMPOWERING LAITY TO LEAD LAY ACADEMY II Vital

Creating Vital and Growing Small Group Ministries SMALL GROUP RESOURCE TEAM Mrs. Deb DeVos Rev. Dr. Eunice Vega-Perez Rev. Dr. Frank Fowler

Ms. Jean Charles Rev. Dr. Brandon Cho Rev. Mike Bill Mr. Jack Scharf Rev. Jenny Smith Walz

Mr. Jim Silkensen Mr. Mark Halverson Global Board of Discipleship Steven W. Manskar Director, Wesleyan Leadership

Covenant Discipleship Groups Wesleyan Disciple-Making Small groups that focus on mutual accountability and support for discipleship are the method of Methodism. These groups have their roots firmly planted in the Wesleyan tradition. The roots go even deeper when you consider that John Wesley described Methodism as his attempt to re-tradition primitive Christianity. He said, The soul and the body make a [person],

and the spirit and discipline make a Christian. Small Groups Webpage Small Group Ministry Resource Team Small Groups Resources Small Groups Upcoming Events Suggested Reading List Suggested Curriculum Advisor http://www.gnjumc.org/pages/detail/957

GNJAC Connectional Ministries Team Matthew Na Director of Professions of Faith & Youth [email protected] Hector Burgos

Director of Worship & Urban Ministries ( [email protected] c.org Nicole Caldwe ll-Gross Director of

Mission & Multi-Cultural Ministries ncaldwellgros [email protected] Rich Hendric kson Director of Stewardship & Visioning

rhendrickson @gnjumc.org Small Group Leader WORKSHOP GOAL: Embrace Shepherding and Facilitating NOT Teaching Cowboys drive Cattle

Shepherds lead Sheep As Shepherds Small Group Leaders should: Love

Build Relationships with each member Encourage genuine fellowship among group members

A Shepherd is: An Ambassador for Christ 2 Corinthians 5:20 (CEB) So we are ambassadors who represent Christ. God is negotiating with you through us. We beg you as Christs representatives, Be reconciled to God! An Ambassador for Christ

Step 1: Attitude toward self a mystery that has been hidden for ages and generations but which has now been revealed to his holy people. 27 God wanted to make the glorious riches of this mystery known among the Gentiles, which is Christ living in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:26-27 (CEB) An Ambassador for Christ

Attitude toward self But we have this treasure in clay pots so that the awesome power belongs to God and doesnt come from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 (CEB) Are you self-Conscious? Are you self-Conscious?

Are you self-Conscious? Focus Up On God, whom you are serving Focus Out On those youve been given to minister to

An Ambassador for Christ Step 2: Attitude Toward Others Be like Jesus who : Was sensitive to each person he met Met each person where they were

Friendly and accepting Willing to take the initiative in a relationship

Available, flexible, and unrushed A good listener Most concerned with loving people and meeting their needs 2 minute Discussion

How can ones self-consciousness about leading a group be transformed by Christ? Nuts and Bolts For facilitating Small Group Leadership 1. Assist Group in sharing their thoughts on subject matter

2. Assist Group in seeing how their thoughts relate to Christ 3. Assist group in developing meaningful fellowship within the group. Step 1: pray !!

For Yourself For the Group Members

For the Other Group Leaders Step 2: aim for an atmosphere of warmth, acceptance and eagerness to learn from one another HAVE CHAIRS IN A CIRCLE. SIT FACING THE DOOR. GREET MEMBERS AS THEY ARRIVE.

BEGIN PROMPTLY. OPEN WITH PRAYER LED BY YOU. ENCOURAGE THE USE OF NAMETAGS. Step 2: aim for an atmosphere of warmth, acceptance and eagerness to learn from one another - CONT. REASSURE MEMBERS ABOUT SHARING AN ANSWER.

STRESS THAT THIS IS A SHARING DISCUSSION ESTABLISH HOLY GROUND

AIM FOR VARIETY IN PRESENTING THE QUESTIONS. MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT WITH THE GROUP. Step 3: Recognize and embrace the diversity of the group The group brings to the circle:

Different life experiences Diversified understandings of Christianity Different appreciations for the purpose of the group Seek Gods perspective.

Step 4: Promote participation by all GROUP members Introduce first question clearly and enthusiastically. Aim for variety in presenting questions.

Listen attentively; offer genuine and encouraging responses. Step 4: Promote participation by all GROUP members

Dont enhance the answers you get with your own ideas. Go for making them confident. Be yourself and let the discussion flow naturally.

Step 4: Promote participation by all GROUP members When an answer is given that appears to have no relevance to the question try to repeat the key points of the question to help focus the member and help everyone else. Silences are OK.

Step 4: Promote participation by all GROUP members Do not go around the circle. Do not be afraid to say I dont know

Be a real person one still in the process of being conformed to the image of Christ! Step 4: Promote participation by all GROUP members

If someones lesson isnt filled in ask them if they had difficulty but not in front of the group! Shy person: Give them time Step 4: Promote participation by all GROUP members

Talkative person: Dont try to quiet the person as your first strategy Mention before the group starts that answers should be brief to give chance to everyone and to finish the questions

Affirm and redirect. Step 4: Promote participation by all GROUP members There are no right or wrong answers!

Step 4: Promote participation by all GROUP members If you see pain approach! Step 4: Promote participation by all GROUP members DISCOURAGE POTENTIALLY DIVISIVE DISCUSSIONS FROM CONTINUING.

BE CAREFUL WITH DISCUSSIONS ABOUT INDIVIDUAL CHURCHES, DENOMINATIONS, POLITICS, OR EVEN CHRISTIAN TV PERSONALITIES OR PROGRAMS. WE CAN AGREE TO DISAGREE. Step 4: Promote participation by all GROUP members Use time wisely!

Step 4: Promote participation by all GROUP members When running out of time: Lets see if we can hurry along When there are simple and direct questions ask one person to answer and move on.

Since we are running out of time, I propose we pick 2-3 more questions that people had special interest in . Is that OK? Anyone have a particular question in mind? Go straight to the remaining questions that you feel are particularly important

In the interest of time, lets give one answer only on the rest of the questions Step 4: Promote participation by all GROUP members

BE AVAILABLE TO ALL GROUP MEMBERS. Evaluate time spent in the group by how engaged people were.

Stand in awe of the freshness and simplicity of new discovery. NOW YOUR TURN!

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