Last week was a great time for new groups to get to know each other and for established groups to catch up. Work hard to track down anyone who didn’t show up last week and encourage them to be there this week! Assure them it's not too late! Week two’s gathering is all about getting into the book, Restless, but whether or not new ladies can read, make sure they come!
We read this statement together before every group discussion.
This is an important step not to be skipped. Reminding everyone of the ground rules from the beginning ensures a smooth-running group and safety for vulnerable sharing.
We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. We exist to help each other find and follow Christ. These are some things we want to be true of our group:
- We create a safe and honest environment, staying transparent and authentic.
- We keep it inside the circle. Confidentiality is necessary for a healthy group.
- We look together to the Bible for help and guidance, and keep out our own politics, sales, or agendas.
- We do not try to fix each other, preach sermons, or give unsolicited advice. We instead encourage, listen to, and celebrate each other.
- We handle conflict between us quickly and honestly by going to the person, owning our part, and practicing forgiveness.
- We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
- We trust that it is God’s role to change people, not ours.
- We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.
Spend some time getting to know each other if anyone new is in the circle this week! Don't miss the chance to make sure that new additions are comfortable with everyone in the group, and vice versa! This is an important part of longterm success!
No matter how long your group has been meeting you’ll all learn something new about each of them through the weekly ice-breaker questions so don’t skip them. Plus, they’re fun.
- What's your biggest pet peeve?
Many people are visual learners - encourage everyone in your group to download the Mission Church app so they have the discussion questions in front of them instead of just hearing you reading them. Encourage your group to look over the questions ahead of time and come with some answers prepared for a really great discussion. You as the leader should definitely have looked at the questions ahead of time and have some answered prepared.
Pose the discussion questions to the group one by one, giving enough time for people to think about them and answer them.
- Thumbing through the pages of Chapters 1-5, what stuck out to you the most and why?
- If you did the Bible reading, what stuck out to you the most about Genesis chapters 37-38? Can someone summarize these two chapters for us?
- One of the themes of the first five chapters of the book is surrender. On page 22 Jennie writes, “Great people do not do great things; God does great things through surrendered people.” What does surrender mean to you? What have you been forced to surrender in your life? What have you willingly surrendered? Is there anything you’re currently feeling called by God to surrender?
- On page 27 Jennie asks some powerful questions, let’s answer them together:
- What did you dream about as a kid?
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
- When did you stop dreaming?
- On pages 34 and 35 Jennie writes about the tension between serving within your God-given gifts, skills and talents and responding to the needs you see around you. What are some gifts, skills and talents you believe God’s given you? What are some needs you see in front of you? Do any of them align?
- On page 35 Jennie shares that at an age of thirty-plus she finally said to God, “To heck with it, I’m in, whatever you say.” Have you ever said something similar to God? If so, what happened? If not, what’s holding you back?
RESTLESS CHAPTERS 6-11
GENESIS CHAPTERS 39-40
Since Restless goes through the story of Joseph, we can all track along together in the book of Genesis with Joseph's story in just a few chapters a week! The Bible reading is optional but encouraged!