Leader Tips

What’s New?

While staying with the tried and true, we continue looking for ways to increase the accessibility and reach of our ministry. Starting with our new bible studies for January 2020, we will move from a 12-week session (10 weeks of bible study) to a 9-week course with eight weeks of Bible study discussions. In the 9-week session, the first week will include the usual weighing and measuring, getting to know each other, reviewing the foundations of Matthew 6:33, Mark 12:30, and our Live It Plan. The following eight weeks will include accountability time, a Wellness Spotlight, Bible study discussion, and prayer partner time. Week 9, the final week will include the Bible study discussion and time for members to share all God has done during the session. In response to leaders’ feedback, instead of having My Place for Discovery assigned weekly, the schedule will rotate between My Place for Nutrition,

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Walk with God

Walk with God

Have you found yourself heading in the opposite direction of God? The enemy will do his very best to distract us, knock us off track, or lull us away from God’s purpose with his sneaky lies. I get off track if I’m not focused on God. The one thing that makes the difference is an intentional walk with God. My walk includes: WATCHING Watching where God is at work helps us focus on where we can join Him. During prayer time, ask God to show you where he is at work, in your life, in your family, in yourself. During my watching time, I’ve discovered in amazement how much he has transformed how I think, my perspective, even my physical appearance.  What about you? Watch where HE is working in your life. ASKING Now that we’ve come to a stop, no longer running ahead and willing to wait and watch,

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Strong Leaders

Strong Leaders

Traveling through Israel on the dusty trails where the Bible greats walked taught me how fallible we are when we try to lead in our own power and strength.  As it turns out, the Lord works His way when we relinquish control and acknowledge our weakness. We started our visit on the Sea of Galilee. I stood in awe on a stony rise overlooking a beach where Jesus called Peter to be a disciple.  I relate to Peter. Like him, I say things I ought not, miss an important concept, or get something completely wrong as I run ahead of Jesus.  As leaders, we follow Jesus and learn from our mistakes.  Strong leaders learn from their mistakes. Riding alongside the Dead Sea on the way to Ein Gedi, our tour guide shared the story of David, running and then hiding from Saul and his army. Saul was in full pursuit

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What’s Next?

What’s Next?

I’m repeatedly asked, “What Bible study should we do next?” Our next new study isn’t due out until fall, so If you’ve transitioned to our My Place Member Kit, you might be wondering what to do next. We recommend selecting something from our classic Bible studies or a book from one of our wonderful authors. Consider getting back to basics, with Seek God First. We have the largest supply of Balanced Living, Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit, and Moving Forward Together We have a smaller supply (order soon) of Be Free, Training for Success, Living for Christ, Start Losing-Start Living, Celebrate Success, and A New Beginning Our virtual groups will spend six weeks reading through Gari Meacham’s Truly Fed. A Leader’s Resource is available with a schedule, outline and videos.  Her book Spirit Hunger is also available in our store, along with Leader’s Resources to go with it. Another

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It’s Time to Stop

It’s Time to Stop

Lately, the Lord has been showing me it is time for me to stop talking and listen for understanding. Stephen Covey says, “Most people do not listen to understand; they listen to answer. While the other is talking, they are preparing their reply.” The scripture says, “Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.” (Proverbs 18:13, NLT) The more a leader talks, the more we concentrate on thinking about what we are going to say next. We are more likely to miss important information or clues or promptings of the Holy Spirit if we are doing all the talking. When we take time to listen and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in leading our group, we are gaining a complete understanding before we speak. The 80/20 rule of active listening says that we should spend 80% of the time listening and only 20% of

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Expect the Best

Expect the Best

Have you ever had a group meeting where you spent time preparing, praying and practicing only to experience problem after problem during the meeting? We need to take it as a compliment when our enemy spends time creating obstacles, challenges, and difficulties for us during our meetings. I’ve had a tough meeting, where I wonder, “What just happened?” Then a day or so later I’ll hear from a group member about a breakthrough they experienced because of something shared during the meeting. Woo Hoo, that is a victory in my book. Proverbs 21:31 tells us: Do your best, prepare for the worst – then trust God to bring victory. We should expect resistance and claim God’s victory each week. During your meeting accountability time, invite members to share how they did with the past week’s Wellness Challenge. Those who struggled and overcame obstacles often have the most significant victory. Set

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Your Most Important Decision

Your Most Important Decision

We receive calls and emails from people all over the country responding to prompting to lead a First Place for Health group. Some have a passion for wellness and are excited to find a Christ-centered program. Others are like me, feeling unqualified to lead people in an area they’ve struggled. Bringing a First Place for Health group to your church or community may be the most important decision you make for yourself and those who join your group. Challenge yourself to the following questions: Who are you be listening to? It took me over a year to respond to the prompting to start a First Place for Health group. Trust me, waiting a year was not one of my best decisions. When I finally said “Yes” and embraced God’s plan, I took a giant leap of faith. Even though I felt unstoppable, the enemy still spent time distracting me. He

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