Sometimes it can be hard to tell if the people in our group are growing spiritually, including ourselves. One of the best ways we have found to help each other grow spiritually, and to be able to see clear progress, is to set growth goals at the beginging of each trimester with your group members.
We would encourage you to take part of your prayer time in the first or second week of group, read off or print off a list of the growth goals below, and then have everyone write down a growth goal for the trimester. Then bring these goals up with each other throughout the trimester in prayer time, in text messages, in meals one on one, etc. At the end of the trimester, ask each other about your progress and continue to encourage each other to follow through with the goal(s) they have set.
Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:15-16.
Ask your group members, what is a next step in your faith you want to take this year?
Here are some ideas for Growth Goals:
Read a chapter of the Bible every day.
Commit to attend Community Group every week.
Begin a volunteer role at Northridge.
Increase my volunteer level at Northridge.
Memorize (__number of) verses from the Bible.
Attend the Starting Point group on Sunday’s at Northridge.
Become a Northridge Church member.
Invite “insert name” to church.
Starting giving financially to church.
Increase the percentage of my income I give to church.
Read a good Christian book.
Connect with a friend weekly/daily to keep you accountable with good/bad habits.