Group Leader Resource

How to Host a Group Online

Through Groups Online we are still able to meet up with small groups of people throughout the week via the internet. You can use whatever platform works for your group, but we recommend trying Google Hangouts or Zoom.

How to Use Google Hangouts

You will need:
• A Connected smartphone or device (with camera and microphone access enabled).
• A Google Account

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3 Easy Ways to Access Google Hangouts:

Computer

From any browser, visit: hangouts.google.com

Gmail

Available through your Gmail inbox add-ons.

Smartphone App

Search "Hangouts" on the App Store or Google Play

How to Use Zoom

You will need:
• A Connected smartphone or device (with camera and microphone access enabled).
• A Zoom Account - you can sign up for a free account on
here
• Please note that with a "free" Zoom account, it has a time limit of 40 mins, however you can always continue your group session by creating and jumping on another call!
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2 Easy Ways to Access Zoom:

Computer

Download the Zoom app here

Mobile

Search "Zoom" on the App Store or Google Play.

Tips for Online Hosts

When - Every good Group takes a little bit of preparation, so make sure your Group knows the correct day and time.

Regularity - During this unprecedented time of isolation we recommend making Groups weekly to provide a regular point of connection and encouragement.

Spread the Word - Ensure you have the email addresses of all those wanting to join your Google hangout or Zoom in advance. You'll be able to send out an invitation to your specific hangout before the time to make sure that you can all start on time.

Studies - The LIFE teaching team have created a series of short video Group studies specifically designed to encourage and equip those in your Group in this season. If you are still working through Alpha please feel free to also continue with those sessions.

Watching your study - Sharing video live online can be low quality so we recommending getting your Group to pre-watch the study. Alternatively you can meet for connection at the start of your Group time and then all stop to watch the study and then re-join the Group chat at the completion of the video. If you are pre-watching the study let your Group know in advance what video you will be discussing. The video resource is available for viewing on the LIFE YouTube Channel (LINK) Send the link to those in your Group via text or email.

Setup - Creating the opportunity to see each other is so important for effective connection so encourage those in your Group to turn their device cameras on, position themselves in good light and to sit where their faces can be seen.

Connection - Being intentional with our relationships is more important now than ever, so let’s ensure we start each of our Groups with a time of connection as you would with any other face to face Group. You may need to ask questions of different people to ensure they are engaged and not just spectators.

Discussion - Remember these 6 key tips for the discussion:

1. Ask open questions
2. Be encouraging
3. Be yourself
4. Don’t answer all the questions
5. Don’t be afraid of silence
6. Rephrase the question if needed

Prayer - Let’s continue to pray as Groups and encourage our members to be praying for each other during the week.

Time - Let’s ensure we communicate clearly with our Group when the Group starts and finishes and remember time is our testimony. Discussion may carry on past the set finish time however please ensure you create an opportunity for people to leave on time “That’s the end of our official Group time thanks so much for coming…”

Groups Online Series

Our team have created a new video series to help you get the conversation started in your Groups with new episodes being added weekly.

Alpha Course

We are so excited to be launching the world-renowned Alpha Course. Last year alone over 1.3 million people globally completed the series. Alpha is a brilliant introduction to Christianity and is relevant to those seeking answers, new Christians and mature Christians as a refresher of their foundations.

In Term Two, we will be launching the full Alpha course at each LIFE Campus. However for our Groups launch we have created a condensed version consisting of 13 videos / discussions for you to go through. If you are a fortnightly Group then you will see below a format that will work well to go through these. If you are a weekly Group then you can simply space these out, doing one video and study a night.

You will also see some brilliant training material that Alpha have put together on how to host a great discussion.

These nights will still involve our usual Group connection time, followed by video-based teaching and then discussion. The videos have been refreshed recently, they look amazing and are super engaging.

If you have any more questions please contact your Coach or Connection Pastors.

Check out this video explaining more about Alpha:

Training Video for Leaders

Learn more about Alpha

Training for leaders

Training for Session 4 & 5: Holy Spirit

Session 1
Session 2

Part 1: How Can I Have Faith?
HOW CAN I HAVE FAITH? – LEADER’S GUIDE

Part 2: Why & How Do I Pray?
WHY & HOW DO I PRAY? – LEADER’S GUIDE

Session 3

Part 1: How & Why Should I Read The Bible?
HOW & WHY SHOULD I READ THE BIBLE? – LEADER’S GUIDE

Part 2: How Does God Guide Us?
HOW DOES GOD GUIDE US? – LEADER’S GUIDE

Session 4

Part 1: Who Is The Holy Spirit?
WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT? – LEADER’S GUIDE

Part 2: What Does The Holy Spirit Do?
WHAT DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT DO? – LEADER’S GUIDE

Session 5

Part 3: How Can I Be Filled With The Holy Spirit?
HOW CAN I BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT? – LEADER’S GUIDE

Session 6

Part 1: How Can I Resist Evil?
HOW CAN I RESIST EVIL? – LEADER’S GUIDE

Part 2: Why & How Should I Tell Others?
HOW SHOULD I TELL OTHERS? – LEADER’S GUIDE

Session 7

Part 1: Does God Heal Today?
DOES GOD HEAL TODAY? – LEADER’S GUIDE

Part 2: What About The Church?
WHAT ABOUT THE CHURCH? – LEADER’S GUIDE

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God, Money & Me

Ps Paul is leading the way when it comes to bringing understanding to the body of Christ through his biblical teaching on stewarding our finances well. God, Money & Me will enable you and your Group members to create a pathway to financial freedom and will equip you to establish a financial freedom for future generations.

Check out the videos below and download the Leader's Guide for yourself, and also the Study Guide for your Group. The Study Guide is also available on the LIFE app

We hope your Group enjoys the God, Money & Me study!

If you have any questions or testimonies to share, please contact your Connection Pastor or Karen Wong our Groups Resource Co-ordinator.


God Money & Me - Part One: Money's Myths


God Money & Me - Part Two: Money's Spirit


God Money & Me - Part Three: Money's Test


God Money & Me - Part Four: Money's Multiplication


God Money & Me - Part Five: Money's Pathway

Sunday Discussion Guides

Sunday Discussion Guides are a great focus for group discussions. Most of us need to hear a message, digest it and discuss it in order for change to occur. Why not let your Group know which message you will be discussing, ask them to listen to the podcast before coming and use our one page overviews to generate discussion. Remember it’s not about getting through the material, the objective is moving people forward, if you focus on one aspect and it generates awesome discussion, go for it!

**Sunday Discussion Guides will be available from Term Two**

Group Study Resources

We have a team that is working on putting together topics for study and discussion at your groups. Feel free to browse and use the material in any order you want. We will continue to add to and refine our bank of material and would love any feedback - please contact [email protected] to give your feedback and to book in your next Group study today!

Our apologies - study guides are no longer available for purchase from our Resource Centre Online from 2020.

Check out the resources below:

BOOKS OF THE BIBLE

The Bible Project – Take a creative and insightful look at all the books and themes of the Bible

Bars & Battles: David & the Psalms – Steven Furtick

The Gospel of Mark: The Jesus We’re Aching For – Lisa Harper

Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus – Lisa Harper

DVD STUDIES

DVD/USB Video Based Studies you can borrow.

New Releases:

Unashamed – Christine Caine

I Declare War: Winning the Battle with Yourself – Levi Lusko

Unexpected – Christine Caine

Friend of Sinners – Rich Wilkerson Jr

It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way – Lysa TerKeurst

Full collection available HERE

SISTAHOOD

For those of you who run Sistahood Groups, check out the link below and book in your next study nice and early!

New Releases:

Believing Jesus: A Jorney Through the Book of Acts – Lisa Harper

Without Rival: Embrace Your Identity and Purpose in an Age of Confusion and Comparison – Lisa Bevere

It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered – Lysa TerKeurst

The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands – Lysa TerKeurst

Proven: Where Christ’s Abundance Meets Our Great Need – Jennie Allen

The Armor of God – Priscilla Shirer

Full collection available HERE

Simply email [email protected] the name of the study or studies you are interested in borrowing to make a booking, from there the team will be in touch to confirm.

Contact Us

Remember, you can always talk to your Connection Pastor or our Groups Resource Co-ordinator, Karen Wong, about any Resource questions or requests you might have.

For questions about myLIFE Portal and taking Group attendance, please email your Coach.

To book a Group resource, please email [email protected]