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As a servant leader being the hands and heart of Christ to others in life’s tragedies, TSgt Padgett suggested that helping others is as simple as being aware of the ways you can do so.
For those who have never led a small group, the prospect of starting such an endeavor might appear daunting and overwhelming given the busy lifestyle of those in the military. Here are tips for the new leader to consider both before and after his or her first meeting. Before the First Meeting 1. Pray about starting a group. Let the Holy Spirit speak before launching on your own strength. If you still feel led, [...]
In the Bible-study group, the support group, the discipline group, or the fellowship group, an attitude of love and other-person-centeredness provides a Christlike atmosphere. This is why the small group leader must learn to be able to identify and deal with certain potentially disruptive personality types, such as the emotionally needy personality. An emotionally needy personality, which may not be nearly as obvious as that of the dominating know-it-all, can be equally disruptive to [...]
Traditionally, Christian small-group activities are more positive, edifying, less contentious, and less confrontational than their secular or non-Christian counterparts. Both Christ and the Scriptures teach civility, peace, selflessness, and concern for the feelings and welfare of others in the Christian group context. However, it is important for the small group leader to be able to identify and deal with certain potentially disruptive personality types. One such personality is the know-it-all. Someone who is a [...]
The OCF mission is to engage military leaders in Biblical fellowship and growth to equip them for Christ-like service at the intersection of faith, family, and profession. One element of seeing military community positively impacted through Christ-like leaders should be a network of small groups.This network provides opportunities for more people to be involved and more leaders to gain experience. It also lays a larger numerical foundation for other special events and establishes a [...]
1. Start and end on time. Starting on time will establish a practice of people coming on time. Timeliness on both ends shows respect for people. 2. Make sure the room setup is such that everyone can see everyone else. In most homes, this will be a limiting factor as to the number of people in the small group. Having people sit on a stairway or in an alcove usually inhibits them from participating. [...]
The Small Group and Bible Study The passage in Hebrews 10:22-25 exhorts us to “hold fast the confession of our hope... .” While we may be accustomed to defining the essence of our Christian faith in other ways, Christianity involves not only a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, but also an entirely different outlook on life that is grounded in the hope we have for all that God has promised. That outlook on life [...]
By surrendering their spring break of relaxation to instead labor for the impoverished, the mission field experiences help cadets and midshipmen hone skills of selflessness and sacrifice that are essential to becoming effective Christ-like military leaders.
With each passing mile behind the Waring family, a pathway toward future ministry was being paved by connecting with and hearing the hearts of airmen and chaplains.
COMMAND asked a trio of chaplains—LT Jon Uyboco, CHC, USN; CH(MAJ) Todd Cheney, USA, and CH(COL) Marc Gauthier, USA—to share some insights and experiences of serving military men and women for Christ.
We reached out to two OCF small group leaders, LTC Tom Matelski, USA, and Lt Col Jim Wamhoff, USAF, and asked them to share their insights on starting and effectively leading a small group.
As a relational ministry where genuine biblical fellowship is essential for spiritual growth and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, the very heart of the ministry of Officers’ Christian Fellowship remains small group fellowships.
The heartbeat of OCF is the small group fellowship, over 360 of them occurring throughout our nation and across the globe, including New Zealand, Korea and Norway.
The OCF small group is a safe place where military Christians can gather to support and encourage one another.
Christ-centered chapel programs may involve your participation.
You are OCF—not the OCF home office, field staff rep, or your group leaders.
So you are thinking about starting an OCF group. Good for you!!
A chaplain's wife shares her thoughts.
How to avoid these 7 pitfalls that trip up small group discussions.
The Lord has helped me shorten the space between my warriors, their families, and God.
A scripted Bible Study Guide on the first six chapters of Nehemiah.
The role of the OCF small group, the dynamics involved, and how to lead one at your installation.
A fellowship is effective when the leader understands and conducts the ministry in accordance with the OCF Purpose.
Getting a local OCF Fellowship started is not difficult. The following steps are listed logically, and may or may not happen chronologically.
A key to a healthy and happy small group is having free and open discussion with everyone participating equally. And nothing bogs down a great discussion like a know-it-all or an over-the-top needy person. People rarely intentionally derail group discussions, but there are five personalities frequently found in small groups that can ruin group interaction unless the leader can handle them smoothly.
1 Peter 3:15 tells us to always be prepared to give an answer. I call that 'living a questionable life' where you are open to others questioning you.
An open letter from chaplains answers questions about going to war, being deployed, families of deployed, and those considering the chaplaincy.
Christ expects us to be salt and light in the military commands to which He has assigned us.
I'd heard stories that military chaplains were "liberal," and that "real" Christians shouldn't attend chapel.
The chaplaincy is an incredible opportunity to present and represent the claims of Christ, but it is not a calling for the faint hearted. Carrying forward spiritual battle in the midst of physical battle is an extreme challenge.
The contrast between civilian churches and the military chapel can be significant, making the decision on where to fellowship difficult.