Resources for Churches
The Christian Life Trilogy by Father Charlie Holt is a small group series we’ll be running during Lent 2016. The series was run in test congregations to good response in 2015, and now it is nationwide this year.
The series consists of The Crucified Life, The Resurrected Life and The Spirit-Filled Life. It’s designed to draw the Body of Christ closer to God and closer to each other as we walk through the liturgical year together, focusing on the core message of the Christian faith.
Book one, The Crucified Life, will be our church-wide study during Lent leading up to Holy Week and Easter. Many churches nationwide will be hosting their own groups at the same time.
The 7-week program uses Jesus’ seven last words from the cross to address the problems of guilt, shame, family issues, internal struggles, the problem of evil, trust issues, and failure.
Each week, groups will watch a 15-20 minute segment from The Crucified Life DVD followed by group discussion from the accompanying Study Guide.
We’re asking you to host one of the small groups, either in your home or another location. Our goal is 40* households hosting a group of 10* people. The main requirement is hospitality. You are not expected to lead or to be a Biblical scholar. The materials provide all of the teaching and direction you need. The materials also encourage rotating some of the host duties within the group, so that no one person or couple is doing all the work.
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By rotating the host duties within the group, we will be raising a large group of potential hosts as we begin The Resurrected Life following Easter up to Pentecost. The final series, The Spirit-Filled Life – a 6-week study – will be scheduled either over the summer, or as a fall series.
Imagine the impact the Christian Life Trilogy can make, with most of our congregation making the same trek to the cross at the same time as hundreds of other people spread across numerous churches across the nation. We believe it will transform individual lives, the life of our congregation, our community, and even our nation at large.
Will you say yes to helping make the first 7 weeks a success? We’re counting on your participation.
Many potential hosts have questions to be answered before committing to lead a group. View the FAQ sheet used by Fr. Charlie Holt at St. Peter’s here. Feel free to produce something similar for your own congregation.
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Click here to view recordings of our Small Group Ministry Webinar Series, with helpful information for launching a successful small group ministry at your church. Topics include:
- Making the Lent season meaningful
- Recruiting a small group ministry leadership team
- Involving 100% of your congregation in small groups
- Recruiting small group hosts
- Connecting your congregation into groups
- Coaching small group leaders
- Basic instructions for new group leaders