If you haven’t explored the tools made available by I Am Second, I highly recommend them. First of all, there are some first-rate video testimonials that are unequaled in quality and presentation. They make great conversation-starters, especially for new gatherings with newer believers (or otherwise).
More importantly, the Bible study and group materials available at this website are excellent. They incorporate many of the principles that we have found key to starting healthy groups that can reach out to others to start new groups. Here are some of the principles I see in their materials:
- A “discovery” Bible study method—keeping the focus on God’s word and teaching believers and/or seekers how to learn and discover for themselves what God’s word is saying.
- Application. There is always application from the studies given.
- New believers are encouraged immediately to begin praying for their “village,” or sphere of influence, and to reach out with compassion towards them.
- Seeking persons of peace and starting new groups is also passed on early in the discipleship process.
Take a look. And if any of y’all begin using some of this material, be sure to come back here and let the rest of us know how it goes.