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Romans: The Gospel According to Paul

Romans: The Gospel According to Paul

Romans is arguably the most important epistle in the New Testament. Often referred to as Paul’s masterpiece, it unpacks some of Paul’s most important teachings and unpacks many of his greatest contributions to our faith. The letter can also be confusing to readers, which is why it is often ignored. Paul's Epistle to the Romans changed the world and its words continue to speak powerfully to us today.

The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life

As a small group, you can examine five essential spiritual practices rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God: Worship, Study, Serve, Give and Share. Each practice is part of our daily walk with Christ and is an essential part of growing together as a community. This book was written by our Senior Pastor, Adam Hamilton.

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We want our leaders to feel equipped to lead! Find resources here about managing group dynamics, guiding your group to common expectations, leading a small group online, and more.

Other Study Options

  • Amplify Recommended Resources: Amplify has many more studies than the ones in this list, but these studies are a great starting point for your group.
  • GPS Weekly Small Group Guide: Readings hand-picked by staff from the daily GPS Guide readings with discussion questions for small groups.
  • The Bible's Big Story: An eight-week study of the story of God.
  • The Prayer Course: An eight week course through the Lord's Prayer
  • Alpha: A series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome.
  • The Bible Project: Explore videos by series, themes, or biblical books or sign up for the small group weekly email with ideas and discussion questions. These are great tools to get your group started in studying the Bible.

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Welcoming New Members

We celebrate when people inquire about joining a group because we know small groups are an important part of faith development. For that same reason, we want to make sure we welcome them well. Here are some simple steps to follow:

1) Respond Promptly

If you have been contacted via email on the website, respond within 48 hours. Here is a sample email you can use to get started or you can write your own. We recommend meeting new guests one-on-one before introducing them to the whole group. This will reduce the disruption to your group if a person pops in and doesn't stay, and it allows you to get to know them (and them to get to know you).

2) Invite Them to the Group

Online: Invite them to join you for a video chat using Zoom or whatever other service you prefer to use.
In Person: If you meet with them and the group sounds like a good fit, invite them for a time that will work for the group and the guest. Are you doing a social time soon or serving together? Starting a new curriculum in the next couple weeks? These are good times to invite someone to check it out. Sometimes you may just need to invite them into the group even if you are in the middle of a study.

3) Prepare Your Group

Let your group know about the new guest and discuss how you can all work to help them feel welcome. Remind them that it is important to avoid language and stories that don't make sense to people who are new, such as inside jokes or jargon that is particular to the group.

4) Greet Them

Online: Invite them to join the meeting a few minutes earlier than the rest of the group so you have a chance to greet them and make introductions as people join the meeting.
In Person: Yes, this is a simple thing, but it is important. Greeting them at the door, whether it's the door of your house, a coffee shop, or the church, lets them know you are expecting them and are excited for their arrival. It also ensures that, from the first moment, they see someone they know.

5) Introduce Them

Introduce them to the members of the group – even those who might not be present that particular day. You may need to adjust the schedule of your regular meeting time to allow more time for group introductions.

6) Have Materials for them

Start with the Small Group Member Agreement, which you can find here. If your group is in the middle of a curriculum, make sure to send them a link to it or have a copy ready for them. It might feel awkward for them to have to share a book with someone they don’t know yet.

7) Follow Up with Them

Follow up with the new guests a day or two after the meeting. Thank them for being there, see if they have any questions, and ask if the group feels like a good fit for them. It might take a few weeks for them to decide completely, but this immediate follow-up helps them know that you care about them.

8) Update the Church

If you add a new member to your group, please email Justin Schoolcraft so we can update your roster and keep our church records up-to-date.
Email Justin

If you have questions or would like help with your small group, please email Justin Schoolcraft or call him at (913) 232-4114.

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