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by Thelma Bowlen | Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014 | | no responses
Campus small groups are fun, right? Absolutely! That doesn’t happen by accident. Sometimes small group leaders are tired, and feeling creatively drained, and coming up with the next lively evening plan is anything but easy. For that reason, we’ve come up with this post outlining six great ideas to liven up your campus small group meeting. Great Idea #1: Themed evenings Themed parties are nothing new, but why not take this a step further with a creative theme for your campus small group. Here are some start-up ideas you could run with, but almost anything ….
by Thelma Bowlen | Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014 | | no responses
Planting a new church is obviously a serious undertaking, and I highly doubt that there are many who go into it lightly. With this in mind we’ve compiled a list of several things to keep in mind when picking a location in which to plant a new church. Do you feel a strong call to plant a church in a specific location? The idea of planting a church has a strong allure to many, especially those who feel the call of God on their lives, and have a well defined idea of what they believe ….
by Thelma Bowlen | Posted on Friday, September 5th, 2014 | | no responses
Many people look at missions as an opportunity to travel, see the world, meet new people, and maybe even grow spiritually. These are all positive outcomes, and most if not all are likely to happen while on a missions trip, but they probably shouldn’t be your primary motivation before you go on a missions trip. If you’re going on something more of a service trip, where your group is helping in practical ways, then any of the above motivations are valid, but on a missions trip your main motive should be spreading the gospel, and ….
by Thelma Bowlen | Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2014 | | no responses
We serve the needs of our communities because Jesus calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39) and teaches us to pray His kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven –(Matthew 6:10) As human beings we have the responsibility to tackle challenging problems that our community and the rest of the world face; problems that many turn their back on. As members of a church society, we have to step outside the comfort of our walls to make a positive contribution to society. And many times, the church’s ….
by Thelma Bowlen | Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 | | no responses
For many of us, God has brought people into our lives that in some way led us to Christ or helped us to be strengthened in our spiritual walk. Quite often, this happens in a small group setting where people develop relationships with other Christians that help them grow in their faith. Whether you’re involved in a church group or a small group for college students, the same principles apply. Make sure your own priorities are right The group leader doesn’t have to be a Biblical scholar in order to lead. The most important characteristics ….