Leading involves creating a community of people that live life together. We seek to walk closer with the Lord and encourage other people to do the same. This happens through engaging with God, engaging with Scripture, and engaging with each other, all in a safe space. Leading also means that everyone feels like the engage group is THEIR engage group, and they have a role in the engage group itself, even if it is just answering a question or participating in conversation.
ENGAGE GROUP LEADERS
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Examples of Ice Breakers
What is your favorite Skittles flavor?
Would you rather wash your hair with mashed potatoes, or take a bath in gravy?
Would you rather smell like bacon or smell like biscuits for the rest of your life?
What ice cream flavor best describes your personality?
Cake or pie?
What’s your best/favorite poop story?
Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? Hot or iced?
What’s the best book that you’ve ever read?
What is your favorite word?
If you had a superpower, what would you want it to be?
Cru has a ton of great resources that NLCF also uses when it comes to discipleship*. All of the articles on Cru’s website are really helpful if you are unsure of what a huddle should look like. Here is an example of a tool both Cru and NLCF use for determining who should be in a huddle:
Are they F.A.T.? (Faithful, Available, Teachable)
- Faithful – Do they follow through on things? Do they attend Bible Study consistently? Do they want to be a part of the body?
- Available – Do they have time to meet? If you initiate getting together and they’re always too busy with other meetings, it’s going to be tough to disciple them.
- Teachable – You can know if someone is teachable by how they respond to things you try to impart to them. If you get a response like, “Oh, yeah, I’ve heard that before,” “I know that,” or “I was taught that before,” that person may not be teachable. One of the biggest disappointments about discipleship is when you try to work with someone who thinks they’ve got it all figured out.
*Disclaimer: While Cru and NLCF use some of the same resources, we don’t use all of the same resources that Cru uses. Because of this, if you ever have a question about anything, feel free to contact someone on staff and we will happily answer your question(s) as best as we can!
SHAPES – Pulled from ‘Building a Discipleship Culture’ by Mike Breen
The Circle – Seeing Spiritual Breakthrough
- The Circle is a helpful tool for seeing where God breaks through in our lives through Kairos moments
- There are six main phases: observe, reflect, discuss, plan, account, act
- Mark 1:14-15
The Triangle – Deeper and Balanced Relationships
- The Triangle is a helpful tool for experiencing fruitfulness in our ministry, our relationships, and our personal spiritual walk
- There are three sides to the triangle: up (with the Father), in (with the community), and out (with the world)
- Luke 6:12 (up), 13-16 (in), 17-19 (out)
The Semi-Circle – Rhythms of Life
- The Semi-Circle is a helpful tool for learning how to be productive and learning how to rest
- There are two points on the semi-circle: fruitfulness and abiding (we abide/rest in Christ, then go and produce fruit)
- John 15:1-8
The Square – Multiplying Disciples
- The Square is a helpful tool for evaluating what leadership style we should be using
- The are four sides to the square:
- D1 – Confident and Incompetent / L1 – Directive
- D2 – Unenthusiastic and Incompetent / L2 – Visionary/Coach
- D3 – Growing Confidence / L3 – Pastoral/Consensus
- D4 – The End Is in Sight / L4 – Delegation
- (D is for Discipleship style, L is for Leadership style)
- Mark 10:42-45
PERSON OF PEACE
As you seek to go out and reach the lost with the Good News of Jesus, he gives you a simple strategy for doing just that. He tells you to look for the person who welcomes you, serves you, and responds to you. This person likes you and, probably, you like him or her. A Person of Peace will in time prove to be a gatekeeper to a whole network, or neighborhood, of relationships. Therefore, once you recognize a Person of Peace, you stay and intentionally invest in that relationship to see where God will take it. (This is most clearly laid out in Luke 9 and 10).