Growing up...it's an exciting process...and a bit scary too. We enjoy the safety of living in a place where we know what to expect and have everything pretty much under control. But God's plan holds so much more in store for us...if we will but challenge ourselves to tackle and overcome the next hurdle that lies in our path. We need to capture a vision for growth that enables us to live up to what God wants us to achieve.
This is what having goals is all about. And it holds true in every area of life...our education, profession, and relationships. It even holds true in our spiritual life. Look at the frustration that the writer of Hebrews expresses about this:
"...it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:11b-14)
The goal of GroupLife at McLane is life transformation. One of your goals...as an effective group leader...should be to gently encourage and challenge your members to move to the next rung in their faith journey. What does that mean? It could include any number of things. A few examples:
- Starting a regular quiet time of prayer.
- Get involved in a ministry service opportunity through the Service Outlet.
- Begin a time of journalling about life and faith.
- Read a new book of the Bible and seek how God would apply it to your/their life.
- Become a small group leader.
- Become a mentor for someone new in their faith journey.
In other words, as Emeril Lagasse might say, we need to be encouraging ourselves and our group members to "kick it up a notch".