“Take the Lead: Developing Others”
Small Groups at Lakeland exist to make disciples who make disciples in relational environments as we live out the four habits – accountability, shepherding, developing others, and on mission.
ICEBREAKER (optional): What are some small things that make your day better?
DISCUSSION STARTER (optional): Let’s start by asking if anyone has a specific takeaway from this weekend’s message that they’d like to share.
- This weekend we talked about developing others…tell us about someone who invested in your development. Did you know you were being developed? How did they develop you?
- SHEPHERDING: Helping each other identify and grow in our spiritual gifts is the greatest development opportunity that we have as leaders and disciples of Jesus. Have you ever heard of spiritual gifts? How would you explain this to someone who isn’t familiar with spiritual gifts?
- Small Group Activity…ICNU Activity: Pass out slips of paper to each person and have them write ICNU statements for members of the group. Give the group several minutes to write and then collect the slips of papers in bags or envelopes for each person. For example, “I see in you that you bring joy to others” or “I see in you that God is using you to tell others about Christ.” Once everyone is done, give everyone time to read through the slips given to them. Ask: What do others see in you? (Note from Pastor Jeff: ICNU statements call out abilities in each other and give us an opportunity to encourage one another. In my life, ICNU statements have helped me in discovering and confirming my spiritual gifts.)
- ACCOUNTABILITY: Let’s read Romans 12:5-8 and Ephesians 4:11-13. Based on the Ephesians passage, what happens when disciples of Jesus use their gifts?
- DEVELOPING OTHERS: Do you think someone can neglect their spiritual gifts? How can our small group actively develop each other in our spiritual gifts?
Small Group Leaders, what spiritual gifts are represented but underutilized in your group? Take your next step as a group (and as a leader) by deploying these gifts to strengthen the group in making disciples. You can also challenge your group to take a spiritual gifts assessment before your next meeting. There are also some great apps with 80-100 questions to help identify spiritual gifts.