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Tips for new group leaders

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, [...]

Dealing with an emotionally needy personality

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 [...]

Dealing with a know-it-all personality

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 [...]

Growing small groups through division

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 [...]

19 practical tips for leading the small group

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. [...]

God’s intentions for the small group

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 [...]

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Step by Step Guide

Getting a local OCF Fellowship started is not difficult. The following steps are listed logically, and may or may not happen chronologically.

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How to handle 5 personalities often found in small groups

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.

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