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Living the Five is a 5-session study that focuses on five key principles that will give you the life you long for and the relationships God wants for you. The Bible Study is based around two key scriptures given to us directly from Jesus.
- The Great Commandment - Love God with all your heart, your entire mind, and all your being - and love your neighbor as yourself.
- The Great Commission - Go into all the world and make disciples.
The Living the Five Participant and Leader Book is designed to be used in conjunction with the DVD, which is a part of each session study. Each study includes these elements: WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE, INTRODUCTION, SHARE YOUR STORY, HEAR GOD'S STORY, STUDY NOTES, CREATE A NEW STORY, DIGGING DEEPER, and DAILY DEVOTIONS.
Note: A new kind of community group study, the 10-pack of DVDs (SKU: 825118) is enough for ten different small groups. Each of the ten groups will need one DVD and each participant and leader will need a copy of this study book, which includes information for leaders.
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2016
Series: Community Group Resource
Grab, Gather, and Grow: Multiply Community Groups in Your Church - DVDJim CowartAbingdon Press / 2016 / DVD$10.99 Retail:Video
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Grab, Gather, and Grow: Multiply Community Groups in Your ChurchJennifer Cowart, Jim CowartAbingdon Press / 2016 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:
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Hand Me Downs Participant and Leader Book: Leaving a LegacyJim Cowart, Jennifer CowartAbingdon Press / 2017 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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An alternative type of small group is emerging in the community with less overhead and more mobility, which allows the congregation to reach into smaller settings. The community group harnesses the potent combination of evangelism and ethics, recalled from Wesleys class meetings, which fueled the Methodist awakening in the UK and USA. In the 19th-century Methodist movement, Sunday schools often were organized in village settings and eventually became congregations.
Harvest Church (www.harvestchurch4u.org), a young United Methodist congregation twenty miles southwest of Macon, met for seven years
(on Sundays) on the move in a rented theatre. They learned about adaptive systems, digital multimedia tools, and flexible overhead. Since building a multipurpose facility on 43 acres near Warner Robins, Georgia in 2007, Harvest Church applied what they learned about mobility and sustained rapid growth to 2,700 in worship attendance, with seven weekend services. They dispensed with a typical education wing (at significant cost savings) and classrooms in favor of four multipurpose rooms. Over the past two years they adopted a community group strategy. This type of community groups is evolving at several other large churches (e.g., the independant Seacoast Church) by establishing "community groups" primarily in homes. In the first year they have expanded from 72 community groups to over 300 community groups, and more than 100% participation.
Living the Five Participant and Leader Guide and the Living the Five videos are positioned as the initiating resource for every community group. Each community group is oriented to live out five declarative principles:1. You cant do life alone.
2. Growing people change.
3. Saved people serve people.
4. Found people find people.
5. Worship is a lifestyle.
Jim serves as a trainer and coach, helping pastors launch and maintain healthy church environments. For more information go to harvestchurch4u.org.
Jennifer Cowart is the executive pastor at Harvest Church, a United Methodist congregation in Warner Robins, Georgia, that she and her husband, Jim, began in 2001. Today Harvest serves 3,000 people in seven worship services. With degrees in Christian education, counseling, and business, she directs the Emerging and Discipleship Ministries at Harvest, including more than 350 small groups that meet in homes and workplaces. As a gifted Bible teacher and speaker, Jen brings biblical truth to life through humor, authenticity, and everyday application. She and Jim have co-written several small group studies together, including Hand Me Downs and Living the Five. They are the proud parents of two children.