We are starting to think we should change your title from Life Group Leader to Life Group HERO!
Life Groups have always been important, but for the last year, you have created community and a safe place for people who need it now more than ever. We can’t say “THANK YOU” enough!
As we move from Life Group series to Life Group series, we hope and pray that every gathering you have with your group is encouraging, caring, supporting, and lifts up Christ that the world may believe.
Below are some ideas for you as you lead your Life Group. Each category, Grow, Worship, Serve, Share, and Connect, has unique and fun ideas for you to use as you lead your group. They are meant to build a stronger foundation for your group as well as encourage your group members to continually seek Jesus as a group!
We know this has been a difficult season, and we want to encourage you to not give up, but continue on!
Hebrews 10:24-25 has never been timelier ... “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
We are so grateful you’re letting God use you to make a difference in the lives of your Life Group in 2021. Our prayer is that as you bless others this year, God would multiply and pour that blessing back into your life!
As an added bonus, here is our 2021 Life Groups Calendar for you to share with your Life Group! Keep this as a handy tool to plan out Life Group gatherings and prepare for upcoming Life Group Video & Non-Video Series!
We are here for you. If there’s anything you need, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
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Grow | Worship | Serve | Share
Click on a word above to go to its section & its ideas for you and your Life Group!
Read below for some great ways to CONNECT with your Life Group! When you CONNECT with your Life Group, you’re spending time getting to know your Life Group members’ personalities, stories, likes, dislikes, and it leads towards you getting to best know the members of your Life Group!
Use the chat feature on Zoom to host fun trivia competitions.
Take turns giving a Zoom house tour, and show off some of your quarantine home projects! Make sure everyone has to show what’s in their fridge (or their sock drawer … your choice).
Ask everyone in your group, “If you had to teach a class on something, what would it be?” Then, schedule times when everyone can offer a quick tutorial to the group about their favorite hobby.
Go to YouTube and search “Disney Drawing Tutorial.” Pick one of the “How-to-Draw” videos. Then, share your Zoom screen and have everyone watch and draw along with the video. At the end, show off your masterpieces!
Birthday Cake Bake Off
Next time you celebrate a birthday for our group, have each household bake a cake and show it off on Zoom. Vote for the best cake, then eat, enjoy, and celebrate! (Or … why wait for a birthday? Do it next week as you celebrate an Un-birthday!)
LEGO Building Competition
Have everyone dig out their old LEGO sets and create a masterpiece to show off to the group. Make it a competition and vote for your favorite!
Take Next Steps Class
It’s never been easier to complete the church membership process. If you or your group members haven’t completed Next Steps, join us for Next Steps online and learn what it means to belong to the Shepherd Church family. To register, visit shepherdchurch.com/nextstep
If someone in your group hasn’t been baptized, encourage them to take this important spiritual step and then go cheer them on (socially distanced, of course – or have one person go and show it on Zoom for the whole group). For more information, visit shepherdchurch.com/baptism
Perhaps this slower season of quarantine is a great way for you and your Life Group to find ways to grow with one another in faith! Below are some ways for you as their group leader to lead them in ways to grow together and with one another! We invite you to try one, or, all the ideas below to grow as one Life Group!
Talk It Over
Follow along with the weekly sermon, and use our Life Group curriculum questions to dig deeper into the sermon and beyond with your Life Group. Visit lifegroups.org/watch
Shepherd Church & RightNow Media
Check out the ever-expanding library of small group curriculum, sermons, devotionals, and children’s programing, available online for you and your group at lifegroups.org/rightnowmedia
Follow a Bible Reading Plan (Together)
The YouVersion Bible app lets you pick a reading plan that you can share with others, as well as discuss the daily readings within the app. Download this free app today at your favorite app store! Also, to help build the habit of Bible reading, you may find our Bible Reading Plan when you visit shepherdchurch.com/joy
There’s never been a better time to hide God’s word in your heart. Every month (or every week), choose a verse that you will memorize together as a group. To help you take up Pastor Dudley’s challenge to memorize Ephesians 3:14-21 during this year, you can visit shepherdchurch.com/joy
Take Next Steps Class
Join us online for Next Steps, and learn valuable habits that will help you grow in your relationship with God. Take it together as a Life Group! To learn more, visit shepherdchurch.com/nextstep
Keep your mind and your heart fixed on God during this season.
Choose some of the ideas below to help our Life Groups praise God together.
What a powerful way to spend time together as a Life Group! Encourage everyone to pick up their own juice and crackers (or matzah bread, or tortillas, or King’s Hawaiian Bread, etc.), and you can take Communion together with your Life Group over Zoom. Visit lifegroups.org/impact for a video with basic instructions, encouragement, Scripture, and prayer as you take communion.
Dedicate a meeting to praying together. Pray for each other, our church, our community, our country and our world.
Share Your Favorite Songs
Ask everyone to choose a YouTube video of their favorite worship song, and then you can screen share on Zoom to watch it together. You could do one a week, or have everyone do it on the same night and make it a whole night of worship.
Set aside a time to practice the spiritual discipline of fasting together. The intent of a fast is to draw nearer to God and rely on him to give you strength as you give up a need in your daily life. Visit lifegroups.org/impact for a guide on how to fast as a Life Group.
When you help meet practical needs, you are being the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need.
Choose one of these serving opportunities to do together as a Life Group.
English and Coffee
Church members volunteer as "tutors" to help our international friends practice conversational English in a one-on-one setting using materials based on the Bible. It is a fun way to meet new people, learn more about cultures around the world, and share your own experiences with God. For more information, Click here for more information on LOCAL MINISTRIES
Take Next Steps Class
Join us online, and learn more about how God designed you to serve. Take it together as a Life Group! To learn more, visit shepherdchurch.com/nextstep
Community Initiative partners with local schools within the San Fernando Valley and gathers Shepherd volunteers to assist in campus beautification. This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups who want to bless our community through serving! For more information, Click here for more information on LOCAL MINISTRIES
Freedom Arise (Anti-Human Trafficking Ministry)
Freedom Arise is a new ministry birthed from Shepherd's passion to see the end of slavery in our lifetime. As a church, we are partnering with numerous organizations who are deeply involved in the fight against human trafficking. As a ministry, we are committed to prayer, raising awareness, prevention, and growing the movement to end human trafficking. Click here for more information on LOCAL MINISTRIES
Card Care Ministry
We are surrounded by people desperately looking for a source of hope. Jesus is that source of hope that quenches thirst and provides a light unto a darkened path and world. Let you and your Life Group be an extension of the light that Jesus provides.
As you have seen by His light, share that light with others for them to see! Choose of these ideas to bring hope and share your faith with those around you.
Invite People to Join Your Life Group
In a season where loneliness is ever increasing, invite new people to join your Life Group. The community found in your group could be what someone needs to find Jesus!
Take Next Steps Class
Join us online, and learn more about how you can share your faith by sharing your story. Take it together as a Life Group! To learn more, visit shepherdchurch.com/nextstep
Take some time at one of your meetings to come up with a list of people you’re praying for to come to know Jesus. Regularly revisit this list and pray together as a group for family members, co-workers, neighbors, and friends who need Jesus.
Host a Watch Party
You can host a watch party on Facebook and invite your social media circle to watch the weekend service with you. Have your Life Group members all engage in the comments and show some love!
Share the Service Online
You never know who needs to be encouraged! Share the weekend messages on your social media channels, and pray that god would use your posts to give hope to someone who scrolls through and decides to watch.
Sit Outside with Your Life Group
Our Shepherd Church Porter Ranch campus has a beautiful courtyard that was originally designed to host small groups of people eating and socializing around firepits and gardens of flowers and plants. Now our courtyard is open every weekend to watch and listen to the weekend service live while enjoying the amazing SoCal weather together! Join your Life Group outside and physically distanced, worshiping our Lord and Savior, hearing what he has to teach us through Pastor Dudley’s sermons.
Prayer + Care + Share
Start by praying together as a group for someone you want to see come to know Jesus. Then, look for a simple way to care for that person and practically demonstrate Christ’s love. Finally, look for an opportunity to share about your faith.