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Rugged individualism. That's today's brand of manhood. But it's not God's design for brothers in Christ.

God has not called men to be those who figure it all out on their own and need no one. God has called men to be those who lovingly and sacrificially lead their churches, families and neighborhoods into deeper relationship with God and others. 

In the next section of our Men's Leadership Development Process, we will focus "Building Strong Community." We will study, discuss and equip men to lead essential activities God has given his church for the purpose of relating to him together: prayer, accountability, hospitality, evangelism, and mutual word ministry with a specific focus on applying the principles in our Gospel Communities.

:To Prepare for Each Gathering:

  1. Study the passages referenced using an inductive study sheet for each one.
  2. Read the chapters in the Assigned Reading.
     

Date

Topic(s)

Core Passages

Assigned Reading

Principles to Apply

March 7

Building Strong Communities (intro)

Acts 4:24-37

Begin reading Prayer by John O.

GC Gathering Template Walkthrough

Inductive Study Sheet for this Process

March 22-23

Soul Care Seminar at Harvest Lancaster with Dr. Garrett Higbee of the GCC

April 4

Building Prayerful Communities
(part 1)

Matt. 6:5-15

Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church

By John Onwuchekwa

Chapters 1-5 (pg. 13-76)

Spirit-Led, Scripture-Fed, Worship-Based Prayer

Applying the Parts of Prayer

May 2

Building Prayerful Communities
(part 2)

John 17:1-26

Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church

By John Onwuchekwa

Chapters 6-8 (pg. 77-128)

Tracking Prayer Requests and Follow-up Care

June 13

Building Discipling and Caring Communities
(Part 1)

James 5:13-20

Caring for One Another

By Ed Welch

Chapters 1-4 (pg. 1-44)

Accountability Questions,
Follow-up & Personal Discipleship Plans

July 11

Building Discipling and Caring Communities Caring Communities
(Part 2)

Ephesians 4:25-32

Caring for One Another

By Ed Welch

Chapters 5-8 (pg. 43-72)

GPS Tool
Leading Application-Based Sermon Discussions

August 8

Building Hospitable Communities (part 1)

Titus 1:8

Romans 12:13

1 Peter 4:8-9

The Simplest Way to Change the World
By Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements

Chapters 1-6 (pg. 1-77)

Making people feel welcome, Good GC gathering transitions
Equipping and Valuing
Your Host

September 5

Building Hospitable Communities (part 2)

Isa. 58:7-12

Luke 7:36-50

The Simplest Way to Change the World
By Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements

Chapters 7-12 (pg. 79-145)

Building Hospitality Outside the Planned Gathering


During Each Gathering

  1. Discuss current challenges/questions in our GCs and pray for our GCs growth.
  2. Discuss the Core Passage(s) and their application.
  3. Discuss Assigned Reading and key growth points from the reading.
  4. Discuss Principles to Apply and implementation in our GCs.
     

After Each Gathering

  1. Discuss what you learned with your wife (if applicable) and equip her in the same principles.
  2. Apply the principles with your GC.