SMALL GROUP LEADERS
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:
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 email@example.com 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)
- 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.
- Newborn – Kindergarten — $50
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.
5-STAR LEADER RECOMMENDED STUDIES
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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.
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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.
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Tom & Janice Freet
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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.
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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
REDEEM THE SCREEN
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
PAST STONEBRIDGE CHURCH-WIDE STUDIES (Scroll through studies using arrows)
RIGHT NOW MEDIA 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.
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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.
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.
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RUN FOR LOVE 5K FUN RUN
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.