Showing posts from January, 2018

Creating a Culture of Accountability and Correction in Your Groups

I am currently reading through a book entitled Transformational Groups by Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger.  The book is based on research done on various church's groups ministries.  It analyzed different aspects of what makes groups effective or ineffective.  One piece of data really shocked me.  They said that among people who are involved in groups in their church the least desired outcome was accountability and correction.  The most desired outcomes of being in a group, according to the study, were encouragement and acceptance.  In other words, most people desire to feel a sense of belonging to a group, but they don't want members of the group getting so involved in their lives that it leads to biblical correction.  They want to be encouraged in their faith, but they do not want to be held accountable or made to feel uncomfortable about sin. The gospel isn't just offensive to the world.  It is also a tool of correction in the life of a believer.  The gospel exposes our ind

6 Resolutions for Sunday School Teachers in 2018

It's a new year and many of us make resolutions.  To me a resolution is more than a goal, it is defined by it's root word, "resolve".  It is defined as "deciding firmly on a course of action".  Goals are often made in the hopes they will be accomplished.  Resolutions are made after careful consideration and are pursued with determination according to a well thought out plan.  Goals are the end result, and a resolution is how you get there.  A goal is what you hope to achieve, and a resolution is the game plan. With all that in mind, I hope that those of you who are leaders resolve to have plans and goals.  I hope you try to set a trajectory for your group and lead them towards an end goal.  So here are 6 resolutions to consider for those of you who are Sunday school teachers or group leaders. 1. Resolve to be a student of the Word I hope you resolve more than ever be a diligent student of the Bible.  This isn't about just having a plan to help you