Leaders Link January 2019

01.18.19 | Articles

    Dear Group Leaders,
    Grace and peace to you this 2019. Among my prayers is that we wold be faithful stewards in helping people connect, belong, and mature in faith and community. We cannot overstate how invaluable you are and the role you play in the life of our church. Thank you for all you do and may this be a fulfilling year as we serve the Kingdom of Jesus together.


    We are in the final stages of putting together an effective time of training to continue strengthening our group life throughout Grace Chapel and to fulfill this year’s hope of helping people belong. We’ll be as practical as possible but we also want to equip you with insights from experts who study the topic of “belonging” specifically within small group ministry. Throughout the morning, we'll unpack why some people and groups seem to have an easier time connecting and why some people don’t feel they belong. And of course, what we can do to help.
    Please invite anyone from your leadership team or key people who come to mind. The more people helping to create a culture of belonging in your group, the easier it is for you as a leader and the better it is for the group.
    Below are the dates, times, and RSVP instructions.

    If your leadership team would like to stay afterwards to chat among yourselves further, please let the above RSVP person know and we'll do our best to provide space.


    We will have Connect Sunday on February 10th after the worship services throughout our campus lobbies. Many of you might remember that the winter Connect is a little different than the fall. While the one in October aims to have as many open groups as possible, the winter Connect aims to intentionally be smaller so groups that could use a shot in the arm can receive higher visibility. So if your group is new, has had a few members move away, and/or could use a few more people, we’d love for you to participate. Please RSVP to the same person you sent the Brunch RSVP to (above) by Sunday, February 3, and we’ll tell you the next steps.


    In addition to our LC Study Guide (www.grace.org/studyguide), there are new resources added on RightNow Media each month.

    Click the image to watch the trailer. Please note, the video sessions are about 20 mins long and we would recommend you break up the sections and only show one 10 -12 minute segment per gathering in order to have a time for discussion.

    RightNow has uploaded sessions from the "If Gathering" of previous years. Speakers include Jennie Allen, Ann Voskamp, Shauna Niequist, and many more. https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Channel/747

    From Tim Tebow’s new book - it’s a 4-session series with each one 10 minutes or under.https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/309541
    "No matter where you find yourself, you can make the most of today. In this inspirational series, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow shares stories from his life to illustrate what it means to seize each day for God’s glory. He challenges us to step out in courage because this is the day to act."

    If you're looking for Bible study/discussion guides, remember that you can find those and many other LC Leader resources at www.grace.org/lcleaders.
    Don't have a RightNow account yet? It's free through Grace Chapel's church subscription!

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    We ask every leader to take this foundational workshop one time. If you haven't done so yet, please check your calendar for the following dates (same content at each location):


    From time to time, we like to let you know of upcoming membership classes. It’s one of our few requirements to be a group leader at Grace.
    If you are not yet a member, would you consider this opportunity? If you have any questions, please let me or your campus pastor know. You can learn more about the process of membership and sign up for the class here: www.grace.org/membership.

    • Sunday, January 20, 9:15am-10:45am
      LEX Adult Learning Center, 2 Militia Dr, Room 102
    • Sunday, January 20, 9:15am-10:45am
      WIL, Pastor Tom's Office
    • Sunday, January 27, 10:30am-12:00pm
      LEX Adult Learning Center, 2 Militia Dr, Room 102
    • Sunday, May 5, 11:45am-1:15pm
      ELX Library
    • Sunday, May 5, 12:30pm-2:00pm
      WAT Sanctuary

    As always, please let us know if we can serve you in any way. You are an essential part of creating a culture of belonging here at Grace and we are so grateful for you and hope you can make it to the Brunch.

    Seeking the Kingdom,
    Pastor Tim and the Group Life Team
    Tim Ghali
    Pastor, Community Life
    781-862-8351 x159


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