SMALL GROUP LEADERS

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Leadership Development Class – Fall 2021

This 6-week class will help you become a more effective shepherd leader and give you the tools to help guide your group members in their spiritual growth and towards a real, healthy, and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Classes meet in room 110 from 9:30 pm – 11:00 am on the following Sundays:

October 10
October 17
October 24
October 31
November 7
November 14

Childcare will be available.

Space is limited to 8 people per class and registration is required.

FALL 2021 INFO

Group Meeting Information

Each semester we ask our leaders to fill out a survey giving us up-to-date information on their groups. The purpose of this is:

  • To ensure we have current basic information on your group and current members
  • To get specific semester-related information for your benefit and our planning purposes (i.e.: are you doing the Wednesday night study, do you need a meeting room, etc.)
  • To get meeting day information so your attendance emails go out on the correct day
  • To find out if your group is accepting new members and, if so, have the correct information on the online group finder

We’ve worked hard to make gathering this information as painless as possible! Click HERE to fill out a quick survey so we can ensure we have your group information current!

Complete before August 15 to be entered in the prize drawings held during the Leader meeting.

Limited meeting space available.

On Wednesday this fall, groups doing the SHAPE – Discovering your God-given design midweek study will be given priority for using on-campus meeting rooms; any unused room will be available on a first-come basis. If your group is doing the midweek study, you will reserve a room when filling out your Group Meeting Information survey.

If your group is not doing the midweek study, please contact Mary Boyko at 281-363-9292 or mary.boyko@sbridge.org to request a room.

Childcare will be available for the Fall semester!

  • Wednesday nights from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Semester runs September 15 – November 10 (except October 20)

Cost:

    • Newborn – Kindergarten — $50
      (Contact the church office for a promo code if registering more than one child in this age group)
    • Registration will be for the entire semester and is required.
    • No drop offs allowed.

To register newborn – kindergarten and for info on 1st – 6th grade visit  www.gostonebridge.com/midweek.

MDWK Study | SHAPE – DISCOVERING YOUR GOD-GIVEN DESIGN

What am I here for? What is my purpose? The things I’ve been through in my life, is there something good that can come from them?

Perhaps more so than ever, we are living in a day when so many are wrestling with questions about identity and purpose. There are so many voices in our culture offering their opinion, but what does our Creator have to say about this? Are we just a randomly generated DNA strand in a broken world with no real rhyme or reason? What if God, with masterful intentionality, designed and breathed into life each and every detail that makes us who we are? What if our personality, the skills we possess, the experiences He has allowed us to walk through, and the spiritual gifts He has given us are for a very specific and eternal purpose?

Come join us for a 6-week study this Fall called ‘SHAPE – Discovering your God-given design’ starting on Wednesday, Sept 15 where we will dig into these questions together as a church through live teaching and small group discussion.

  • Cost is $10.00 per person
  • Each group member must register individually

For more info or to register, visit www.gostonebridge.com/midweek

We’ll start each class meeting as an entire group in the Lodge and then break into smaller groups for discussion. You can reserve a room for your group to meet, when completing the Group Meeting Information survey.

Choosing Your Study

During the Fall semester each group decides which study they want to do and, with hundreds of RightNow Media studies to choose from, choosing one can sometimes be a challenge.

Listed in the Group Studies section below are 5-Star “Must Watch” recommendations from other small group leasers as well as Small Group Team recommendations broken down by the number of sessions. Click the + sign for more information and a link to jump directly to the study. (You will need to log on to your RightNow Media Account to view the study from this link.)

If you don’t have a RightNow Media Account, click HERE.

To view past studies created by StoneBridge Church, click HERE.

GROUP STUDIES

5-STAR LEADER RECOMMENDED STUDIES

Grace Filled Marriage

8 Sessions
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Recommended by:

Brianne Crockett
brianne.crockett@yahoo.com

Couples come to the altar bursting with love for each other. Yet, based on how many marriages are unfulfilling, unhappy, or worse yet, end in divorce, it would seem that the love that gets couples married isn’t enough to keep couples married. Maybe if we had the ability to love unconditionally, like God does, love would be enough…but we don’t. Therefore, love falls short. Love isn’t enough to save struggling marriages.

 

Guardrails

5 Sessions
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Recommended by:

Mark McDaniel
kimmcd79@aol.com

Guardrails: a system designed to keep vehicles from straying into dangerous or off-limit areas.

They’re everywhere, but they don’t really get much attention….until somebody hits one. And then, more often than not, it is a lifesaver.

Your friendships. Your finances. Your marriage. Maybe your greatest regret could have been avoided if you had established guardrails.

In this five-session video study, Andy Stanley challenges us to stop flirting with disaster and establish some personal guardrails.

Goliath Must Fall

6 Sessions
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Recommended by:

Tom & Janice Freet
freetfam1@comcast.net

It’s likely you have a giant in your life. It’s holding you captive, intimidating you with its taunts, and stealing your joy. Adversaries such as fear, anger, addiction, and others can stake a claim and, before you know it, gain a foothold in your heart. How do you live as if these giants are dead and silenced once and for all? In this six-session video Bible study, Louie Giglio examines the David and Goliath story to show you how: by focusing on the size of our God, not the height of your giants. As they go down, you gain freedom to walk in the victory Christ already won over the enemies that rob you of God’s best for your life.

 

Invisible War

8 Sessions
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Recommended by:

Mark McDaniel
kimmcd79@aol.com

Beneath our tangible landscape lurks an invisible spiritual realm where unseen battles rage. It’s real. And it’s dangerous. If you’re prepared to remove the blinders and gaze into this unseen world, Chip Ingram is ready to take you there.

Hang on to your seat. It’s going to be a journey inside the very folds of our Bibles, a journey that will teach us about our greatest foe, Satan, also known as Lucifer, Dragon, Serpent, and Son of the Morning Star.

Although this lying thief comes to “steal, kill, and destroy,” God details in His Word the battle plan to uncover Satan’s cunning deceptions and to resist his sinister schemes. The cosmic conflict exploding all around us will have eternal implications, for us and those we love. This eight-part series by Chip Ingram will help you prepare to do spiritual battle with the enemy of your soul- and win! You’ll learn how to clothe yourself with God’s “spiritual armor” so you can be confident of your certain victory over the scheming enemy.

 

Gospel of John: Part 1

12 Sessions
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Recommended by:

Brent Flaskamp
bflaskam@its.jnj.com

Where do you turn when the world around you grows dark? In this study of the Gospel of John, Dr. Tony Evans encourages us to turn to Christ by reminding us of the two purposes for the beloved disciple’s book—that we would believe in Jesus and find life in his name. Despite what our culture may argue, there is only one hope that is truly trustworthy and that is our savior, Jesus Christ. So join Tony for this twelve-session series that will draw you back to the essential truths of our faith and the life found in our king.

 

The Story of Reality

6 Sessions
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Recommended by:

Mark McDaniel
kimmcd79@aol.com

Biblical Christianity is more than just another private religious view. It’s more than just a personal relationship with God or a source of moral teaching. Christianity is a picture of reality. It explains why the world is the way it is. When the pieces of this puzzle are properly assembled, we see the big picture clearly. Christianity is a true story of how the world began, why the world is the way it is, what role humans play in the drama, and how all the plot lines of the story are resolved in the end. In The Story of Reality Video Study, together with the accompanying Story of Reality book and Story of Reality Study Guide, bestselling author and host of Stand to Reason Gregory Koukl explains the words that form the narrative backbone of the Christian story. Each session identifies the most important things that happen in the story in the order they take place, beginning with an examination of reality, and God, and moving through man, Jesus, the cross, and resurrection. If you’re already a Christian, do you know and understand the biblical story? For those still seeking answers to the questions of life, this is an invitation to join a story that explains the world in a way nothing else will. Be a part of the story that can change your life forever.

SMALL GROUP TEAM RECOMMENDED STUDIES

3-Session Studies

REDEEM THE SCREEN

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Our screens dominate our lives. In a unique way, they hold the power to bring us together yet can also keep us isolated from those physically around us. With a click, we can connect with family and friends or join a debate over an issue that interests us. Screens bring information and inspiration, but they can also carry temptations and stresses. What kind of power do you give to your screen? Do you use it to assist in your calling, or does it distract you from your calling?

In this three-part series, pastor Kyle Idleman will teach us how to redeem the screen. Join him as he applies the truths of Romans 12 to our lives, showing us the power of Jesus to transform us. Rather than allowing our screens to conform us to the world, in Jesus we can make screens a tool to change the world.

4-Session Studies

THE CRAZY CYCLE


In this 4-part series, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs sheds light on an often overlooked, yet indispensable element of a healthy marriage—respect. Combining biblical instruction with scientific expertise, Emerson provides insight into the unique ways in which God has designed both men and women and how they can rightly embrace their differences in marriage. As couples come to see the heart behind their partner’s complaints, they will better understand the place for both love and respect between husband and wife. Rather than becoming another statistic, struggling marriages can break their Crazy Cycle and become thriving marriages by living in accordance to God’s good design.
WHISPER

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Many people have a tough time believing that God still speaks. We’ve learned from Scripture that God spoke to His people in ancient times and in mysterious ways, but how do we hear His voice now? The truth is God still communicates with His people, but He often speaks in a whisper—not to make it difficult to hear Him, but to draw us close.

In this 4-session series, Mark Batterson teaches what it means for Christians to discern the voice of God in their lives. He will introduce the seven love languages of God—each of them unique and entirely divine. By learning to tune in and decipher each language, Mark equips believers to hear God’s guidance and grow closer to Him.

God is speaking. Do you know how to listen?
SHAKEN

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Who are you when life is steady?

Who are you when storms come?

Most of us have been on the receiving end of rejection, a broken dream, or heartbreak. And while this is not an easy space to go through, when we are grounded in the truth, we can endure the tough times.

In this powerful series, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow passionately shares glimpses of his journey staying grounded in the face of disappointment, criticism, and intense media scrutiny. Following an exceptional college football career with the Florida Gators and a promising playoff run with the Denver Broncos, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets. He was released after one season.

In Shaken, Tebow talks about what he’s learned along the way, building confidence in his identity in God, not the world. This moving series features practical wisdom from Scripture and insights gained from others who have impacted Tebow in life-changing ways.

Though traveling hard roads is not easy, it’s always worth it!

5-Session Studies

A CONTRARIAN'S GUIDE TO KNOWING GOD

Sometimes what we believe about the Christian life comes from a single but prominent point of view—an older Christian we look up to, a preacher, or a parent. But is there only one way of living the life of a Jesus follower?

The Christian life—even one centered on grace—can still feel like a long list of dos and don’ts. But what if there’s more (and less) to our faith than we typically believe? In this series based on his book A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God, pastor Larry Osborne tackles popular assumptions about Christian living that create stress and failure rather than growth and joy.
LIKING JESUS

We all love the benefits of technology. But even with the upsides, many of us suspect there are negative consequences beyond our control. The more we interact online, the more we crave face-to-face intimacy. The more we compare ourselves with others, the less satisfied we are. The more filtered our lives become, the more challenging it is to be authentic.

In this small group video-based study, pastor and bestselling author Craig Groeschel shows how we can stay engaged with social media while still keeping our eyes focused on Jesus. In five sessions, he reveals how we can rediscover our understanding of the biblical principles life with Christ brings-contentment, intimacy, authenticity, compassion, and rest- and put God first in our social media saturated world.
SOUL DETOX


In this five-session small group bible study, pastor and best-selling author Craig Groeschel sheds light on relationships, thoughts, and behaviors that quietly compromise our well-being. Using concise teaching and honest humor, Groeschel provides a source of inspiration and encouragements for a faith-filled lifestyle that will keep you free of spiritual toxins.

More than an educated, insightful look at the negative aspects of our day-to-day culture, this grace-based experience will challenge you out of complacency into a life of clean, pure, and focused living based on the standard of God’s holiness.

6-Session Studies

CROSSING THE WATERS

Get ready for the wettest, stormiest, wildest trip through the Gospels you’ve ever taken! The Gospels are dramatic and incredibly wet, set in a rich maritime culture on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Yet we’ve missed much of this perspective—until now.

In this 6-part series, Leslie Leyland Fields, author, speaker, and seasoned Alaskan fisherwoman, takes us on a journey through the life of Christ. She leads us across the waters of time and culture out onto the Sea of Galilee, through a rugged season of commercial fishing with her family in Alaska, and through the waters of the New Testament beside the ragtag fishermen disciples. Her own story and her fresh insights will challenge our understanding of Jesus and what it means to “Come, follow me.”
LOVE LIKE THAT

Let’s be honest. How many times have you fallen short at being a good friend, a wise parent, or a self-giving spouse because you didn’t love—truly love—at the highest level? It’s tough. We’re bound to fail. The bar is so high, especially if you aspire to love like Jesus.

But it’s not impossible.

As followers of Jesus, we were meant to radically love those around us and give the world a glimpse of what God is like. But this is easier said than done. What does it actually mean to love like Jesus? And why do we so quickly get bogged down in our own selfishness, sin, and futile efforts?

In this 6-part Bible study series, Dr. Les Parrott examines Jesus’s life and character traits to give practical definition to what it means to love like Jesus. The Holy Spirit invites us to trade detachment, exclusivity, judgment, fear, and self-concern for mindfulness, approachability, grace, boldness, and self-giving. He empowers us to love like Jesus, and frees us to experience genuine joy.
UNFILTERED JESUS


In this series, we’ll look at Jesus’s unfiltered character and unwavering commitment to follow the will of the Father. Filmed on location in Israel, we’ll experience Jesus’ life of dependence, faith, denial, love, obedience, and pursuit of people. The end goal is that we too may reflect the life of Jesus unfiltered.

7-Session Studies

EMPTY NEST, FULL LIFE

IT’S HAPPENING! You weren’t always sure you’d get here, but the kids grew up and are surviving–more or less successfully. But what now?! If you’re like most moms, you’re caught between grief and delight, and full of questions, loose ends, hopes, and regrets. Empty nesting can be a disorienting time, but it can also be the best time of your life.

Jill Savage, an empty-nest veteran, offers you:

  • WISDOM for the murky waters ahead. Teaching you what you need to let go of and hold on to.
  • ENCOURAGEMENT for when you’re feeling confused and discouraged. Full of stories and new insights, you’ll find your spirits lifted and hope renewed.
  • IDEAS for when you don’t know “What’s next?” Jill offers loads of practical ideas for coping and thriving in this encore season.
THE GRAVE ROBBER


If you long to see God work in miraculous ways in the life of your church, you will love the faith-building, life-giving message found in 
The Grave Robber. Join pastor and bestselling author Mark Batterson on a seven-week journey as he reveals the incredible power of the seven miraculous signs of Jesus found in the Gospel of John and walks us through the very spots where Jesus chose to reveal himself through these miraculous events.

Miracles are happening all around us all the time, but you won’t see them if you don’t know how to look for them.  

IN HOUSE
DVD STUDIES

Check out our in house DVD Bible Study Resource Library whenever your group is looking for a new study.  We have a variety of studies ranging from 3-14 sessions in length.

CLICK HERE for a list of available studies.

LEADER TOOLBOX

People find Small Groups through our online group finder.

Leaders of open groups need to watch their email and respond to new member (prospect) questions and/or requests by sending them an invitation to join your group.

Leaders need to follow up by phone with anyone who has been sent an invitation, but has not accepted and joined the group.

Prospects must accept the invitation to be in your group and show up on your roster.

Click HERE to see a video of what leaders need to do.

All small group leaders receive an attendance email after each meeting. You can easily note if your group met and who was at each meeting directly from this email.

Please note anything  written in the attendance “comments” section only shows up on reports.

How to take attendance online

How to take attendance via email

Icebreaker questions are simply great questions you can ask to help people get to know each other better. These questions are fun and non-threatening.

CLICK HERE for a list of questions to choose from.

Watch and listen to local area mental health experts on a variety of topics including anxiety, depression, job loss, addiction, etc.
Equip Online Podcast

Find counselors and support groups at
 Mosaics of Mercy

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Sharing Facilitation Responsibilities

If you are not receiving attendance emails, need any changes made to your roster or meeting schedule, need help choosing a new study or just have a general question, please call or email Christy Herrington or Brian Dunn. 

We’re here to help!

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

RUN FOR LOVE 5K FUN RUN

OCTOBER 2 | 8:00 AM

Come run or walk a beautiful 1-lap course around our 50 acre property. The cost is $20/adult, $10/youth and kids are free. The race benefits Back 2 Basics which shares the love of Jesus with kids in our local foster care system.

Click HERE for more information or to register.

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

OCTOBER 7 | 6:30 PM

Learn more about how you & your group can partner with Hope’s Path in their efforts to come alongside of young men who’ve aged out of foster care.

Click HERE for more information or stop by the info table in the lobby on October 3rd.

FOOD PACKING EVENT

OCTOBER 9 | 9:00 AM

Help us pack 30,000 meals for orphans and underprivileged kids in Zambia.  You can attend the food packing event, make a donation to help cover the food cost, or both! The event is in partnership with Family Legacy

Click HERE for more information and to register.