BEFORE YOU GATHER
- If this is one of your first group meetings, familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Spend some time in prayer before your group gathers.
- To prepare for discussion, CLICK HERE for a few facilitation tips and/or CLICK HERE to review and remind your group of the Group Agreement.
- As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this weekend’s message, here are some suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.
- Thank God for prayer - this amazing opportunity we have to speak to Him, the Creator and Redeemer. Praise Him for knowing our struggles and standing with us in the midst of challenging situations.
- Pray for each person in the group to have a spirit of grace and truth as you open the Word to hear His truth.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
When faced with a tough call, is your first reaction one of fight or flight? Share an example that comes to mind.
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This week we wrapped up the Making of a Leader series with 4 leadership principles:
- Effective Leaders see the issues and deal with them.
- Effective Leaders make the tough calls when necessary.
- Effective Leadership prioritize rest.
- Effective Leaders rely on God’s favor.
- Which of these leadership principles do you feel confident in? Which principle do you have a hard time connecting with? Why?
- When the need to make a tough call arises, how do you know you are making the right call? What does your process of walking through a tough call look like?
- Having someone look in on your life with a fresh pair of eyes, just as Nehemiah did after returning to Jerusalem, can be helpful in identifying areas (Tobiah’s) that need to be cleaned up or even out. Who in your life is YOUR Nehemiah? Why?
- Do you practice a weekly Sabbath? Do you have any fears (or challenges) around the integration of a Sabbath? What would it take to embark on a true Sabbath in your life?
- Nehemiah begins and ends his leadership journey with prayer. He continually recognizes God’s involvement, God’s plans and God’s wisdom as he navigates the various challenges placed before him. Can the same be said about your own leadership journey? Share an example of when you were faced with a challenge and leaned into God’s voice and away from what your natural instinct was. What was the result?
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s a few suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
- For those that need it, pray and ask for the guidance and confidence needed to navigate a tough call situation at hand.
- Praise Him for those in our lives who encourage us by being truthful and helping us to see the areas of our lives that are cluttered by something(s) not from Him.
- Pray for wisdom, discernment and courage to take the action needed next in your own leadership journey.
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK:
- Carve out a specific date and time this week to practice a Sabbath, a period of time where you completely rest from work (including work-related emails, social circles and connection).
- Spend time reading through Psalm 51. Even though we may not be in the same desperate place as David was when he wrote this song, we’ve all had a time in our lives where we’ve cried out to God and asked for forgiveness and/or discernment. Reflect back on a time when you felt as if you went through your own purification season. Where were you compared to where you are now?
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH & DISCIPLESHIP:
- (Book Resource) The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World by Peter Scazzero
- (Book Resource) The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni