Small Group Summer 2017 Curriculum Options

This summer at SCC we're shaking up how we do small groups. We understand that summer is a time of inconsistent schedules with a lot of comings and goings. Instead of having a set curriculum that every group will follow at the same time, we've created a menu that you and your group can choose from every week. Each of these sessions (except for one) are single sessions and designed to stand alone and engage your group members whenever they attend.

Below you will find eight different topics with links to videos and discussion guides. We encourage you as the group leaders to take a look at them, maybe even show them to your group, and select a few that would best fit the group you lead. We hope these sessions will spark good conversation, build deeper relationships, and draw your groups closer to one another and God. Have fun this summer. 

     
     
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    Spiritual Gift Assessment

    One of the ways we can connect with God is to participate with him as he grows and advances his kingdom (Romans 12:4–6). God made each of us with a unique set of talents, passions, and spiritual gifts. He wants us to use those gifts to benefit others because when we do so we reflect his love to the people around us.

    This single session Spiritual Gift Assessment is designed to help you identify particular spiritual gifts you may have.

     
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    Temperament Assessment

    It’s often said that growing in faith involves becoming a lifelong student of God. That’s true. But you also need to become a lifelong student of yourself. If God designed you uniquely, then the more you understand your own strengths and weaknesses, the better you can connect with your heavenly Father and use your gifts to glorify him.

    This single session Temperament Assessment is designed to help you identify your core temperament. It’s not intended to give you a definitive and comprehensive picture of your temperament, but it is provides a great starting point for future discovery

     
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    Spiritual Pathways Test

    God doesn’t create people in cookie-cutter fashion. Each of us is unique. As a result, different kinds of experiences make us feel closer to God. Spiritual pathways help us identify the ways we most naturally connect with God. There are a total of seven pathways. Most people gravitate toward one or two of them.

    This single session Spiritual Pathways Assessment is designed to help you identify the pathways toward which you gravitate.

     
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    Prayer Dashboard

    The Prayer Dashboard is a single session video-based study designed to help you and your group members to better understand prayer — not just for the sake of better understanding, but so that you can connect more deeply with your heavenly Father.

     
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    THE MARRIAGE DASHBOARD

    The Marriage Dashboard is designed to give you a set of gauges for evaluating and strengthening your relationship with your spouse. We want you to have an enjoyable, lasting, and inspirational marriage. We believe couples that say “I do” to each of the five gauges for married life will experience a marriage that is better, richer and healthier versus one than average.

     
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    What is the Bible?

    In this single session we will explores the origins, content, and purpose of the Bible. Here you'll be introduced to a condensed history of how the Bible came into existence, and the different forms of the Bible in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christian traditions.

    This beautifully crafted video will generate some great conversation and potentially lead to a deeper, personal understanding of how to read the Bible.

     
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    The Story of the Bible

    In this single session we'll come to see the overall story of the Bible as a series of crossroad decisions. All humanity, followed by the Israelites, redefine good and evil and end up in Babylon. They are followed by Jesus, who takes a different path that opens up the way to a new creation.

    This beautifully crafted video will generate some great conversation and potentially lead to a deeper, personal understanding of how to read the Bible.

     
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    Share Your Story

    Sharing Your Story presents a fresh perspective on evangelism. This two-session series features teaching by Pastor Craig Groeschel about the qualities of people who lead people to Christ. It also features discussion questions and next-step ideas.  This series is perfect for those studying by themselves or for small groups.

    This series is not a step-by-step instruction on how to share your faith with others. Instead, it puts people in a place where they can own their growth by focusing on the importance of building relationships with those who don’t know Christ.

     

     

    May We Suggest A Few Things?

    Since it is the summer we would like to encourage you to think outside the box when it comes to your group times. Here are a few things you may want to keep in mind and incorporate into your gatherings:

    • It's ok if you have to cancel one week. If you are away, or too many of your group members will be unavailable for one of the nights, don't feel bad if you have to cancel it. The goal is to gather every week, but during summer we realize it might not be possible.
    • Every gathering doesn't have to incorporate the curriculum. Over the next 6 to 7 weeks we would love for you to get together with your groups and just have fun together. We strongly encourage you to take one or two of the gatherings and enjoy a BBQ, meet at a park, go out to a restaurant, play mini-golf or do a fun activity together. It would be great if you could use the curriculum below for four of the gatherings and do an activity together for the other two. This too is building community :-).
    • Come to the church summer activities as a group. On Wednesday, July 26th we're gathering at UMEA Park at 6pm for our annual Ballpark BBQ. Perhaps that would be a good week for you to come as a group and enjoy connecting with the entire church community. Then on Wednesday, August 30th we'll be hosting a community movie night at River Landing. This will be a great opportunity to connect with and serve the people of our community together.
    • Connect with each group members outside of the group time. Our hope is that we would build relationships, not just attend groups. As group leaders, we encourage you to text, message, email, visit or phone your group members from time to time over the course of the summer. Pray for them, encourage them, and ask questions. Great relationships don't just happen by accident, they are built with intentionally. We encourage you to be intentional about building relationship with the people in your group.