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Church-Wide Spring Campaign: Unshakable

For our 2018 Spring Campaign, our church will be doing the Unshakable: How To Thrive No Matter What Hits You study from Pastor Rick Warren.

During the 8 week series, our local pastor will do sermons on topics that align with the theme of the series and then during the week, all of the small groups will meet to watch the Rick Warren sessions and to discuss the questions presented in the study guide.

We are super excited for this series that will examine the life of Daniel so that we can learn valuable and practical lessons to help us stand firm in our faith. Here is a short preview video from Pastor Rick so that you can see what I mean:

If you are interested in this series, you can buy it online at the pastors.com store here.

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Transformed: So Far So Good

Couples Small Group

We kicked off our Couple’s Small Group by doing the Transformed study from Rick Warren. Our group is made up of 7 couples and it has been fun getting to know each other. This weekend we will be doing the 4th session which is about Emotional Transformation. So far I think the study has been going pretty well and generating a fair amount of discussion during our time together. One issue is that our group meets twice a month and this study is set up as 50 days of transformation with devotionals and readings for every day. Because we don’t meet weekly, the timing is a bit off which isn’t the end of the world, but it is something to consider when choosing future studies for our group.

What I personally love about this study is that Rick encourages participants to set 90 day goals in each of the 7 key areas in their lives. It has been the kick in the butt that I’ve needed to make sure that I work on those goals and am held accountable by other group members. I don’t mind sharing my personal 90 day goals so here is what I’m doing:

Session 1 – Spiritual Health: My 90 day goal is to memorize a new bible verse every week. I actually found a pretty good app called Scripture Typer that I’m using for this goal. I will admit that I’ve put all the verses in the app, but I am slightly behind on the actual memorization part.

Session 2 – Physical Health: I already eat pretty healthy and exercise, but I get stressed and often forget to relax and enjoy the world around me so I set a goal of going outside to get fresh air and drink in the world’s beauty for 10 minutes every day. I’ve done pretty well with this one except on days when it is gloomy and rainy. When it is sunny, 10 minutes isn’t enough 🙂

Session 3 – Mental Health: In an effort to cut back on the mental garbage in my life, I set a goal of reading one non-fiction book or watching one documentary a week about the social issues facing our world. I love learning so this one has been fun for me. I’ve watched Poverty Inc on Netflix about global poverty assistance programs that might be doing more harm than good. Now I’m reading A Billion Bootstraps about Microfinance and Business Solutions for ending poverty. I’m almost finished and I have to say that I have LOVED this book!

It is my hope that these 90 day goals will become lifetime habits!

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New Couples Small Group

Transformed-PosterWe are so excited that in 3 weeks we will be kicking off our local small group for couples.  Our current plan is to meet on Sunday nights twice a month to study the Transformed Spiritual Growth Series taught by Rick Warren from Saddleback Church.  In future posts, we’ll share what the group thinks about this series and decide whether or not it will make our Top 100 Small Group Studies list.  Here is what we’ve read about this study….

TRANSFORMED is a seven session series that Rick Warren ran as a church-wide 50 days of transformation campaign about 3 years ago at Saddleback Church (which is based in Southern California).  During the series, he will be teaching about how to grow in 7 key areas of one’s life, spending one week on each topic: Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Emotional, Relational, Financial and Vocational.  We plan to not only watch the 7 small group sessions, but to also watch the related sermon messages on the weeks when our group does not meet.  Plus, we’ll be using the Transformed Study Guide.

transformed-verseWe hope to explore what the bible says about these 7 key areas and learn about the habits, truths and characteristics that enable true transformation.  Many of us are struggling with relationships, finances, and general questions about the meaning of life.  And the world’s promises leave us empty and searching for more. God’s will is the only answer that promises to TRANSFORM our lives from the inside out.

Right now we are focused on finding 4 to 6 couples for our group so we’ve been asking everyone we know and promoting it in our church bulletin.  So far 3 couples have committed so hopefully God will send a few more our way.