Ten Essential Awarenesses…Small Group Leadership That Transforms with Rick Howerton
- All of us have fallen or will fall into every one of the life situation categories at some time in our lives.
- Tribal group members may have a Mark 9:24 perspective of Scripture.
- God is a person, not a genie in a bottle.
- Faith is belief + doubt and acting on the belief part, and letting God be God.
- Tribal group members will “investigate then embrace” the truth rather than “embrace then investigate” it.
- Tribal group members need to discover truth in community.
- Tribal group members are comfortable firmly planted in a Deuteronomy 29:29mindset.
- It’s ok to live in a mystery, I can’t think in the same dimension as God.
- Tribal CMC members today are more likely to have emotional trigger points than before.
- When we recognize triggers, we can lead them to healing.
- Most welcome dialogue but will shut their minds off if the Bible study, by design or not, becomes a monologue.
- If group members cant speak openly/honestly about what they think, they wont hear what you are saying.
- Tribal group members are hearing “voices“ that are not in the room.
- Tribal small-group members will not always accept that the author of the study or the lecturer on the DVD is the final authority.
- If they have baggage with the local church, they probably wont hear the pastor as an authority.
10. Tribal small-group members need the freedom to discuss other belief systems.
Spiritual growth begins with discomfort.
Many times Jesus left people with a ? instead of an ! Allow time for people to process what they are hearing.
When God’s opinion is hard, help them accept a hard opinion.
Give your small group members time to investigate truth, they will embrace it in God’s time.