SUMMARY: In this episode, Brian and guest host Joel Polk speak with Philip Nation, the Director of Content Development at LifeWay, about the fundamentals of church life and how they apply in groups ministry. Philip shares insight on the six fundamentals of spiritual discipline—the practices of stewardship, church discipline, congregational authority, the Lord’s supper and baptism, leadership, and the Great Commission. He discusses the relationship between church leadership, congregational authority, and groups and explains how a basic understanding of spiritual disciplines and knowledge of the fundamental workings of a church can enable individual church members to feel connected and part of the whole of what God is doing for the congregation.
In addition, Brian and Joel discuss the blog post of the week, Undeniable Facts: Why Starting New Groups Isn’t Optional, and Brian shares a list from Rick of 7 Audacious Practices of Those Who Lead Icebreakers Effectively.
The Groups Matter Podcast is a weekly show designed to resource, train, and encourage small group leaders. Each episode considers current trends and resources as well as timeless truths and methods of discipleship. It is hosted by Brian Daniel, a Bible study expert from the LifeWay Groups Ministry Team, and Rick Howerton, the discipleship and small group specialist at LifeWay and author ofGUEST: Philip Nation is the Director of Content Development with LifeWay Christian Resources and serves as Teaching Pastor for The Fellowship, a multi-campus church in Nashville. His latest book is Habits for Our Holiness: How the Spiritual Disciplines Grow Us Up, Draw Us Together, and Send Us Out. He is also the coauthor of Compelled: Living the Mission of God and Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow. You can visit Philip’s blog at philipnation.net or follow him on Twitter at @philipnation.
EPISODE SPONSOR: This week’s episode is sponsored by Basics, a six-session Bible study focused on helping groups understand the foundations of a healthy church. In addition to the study sessions, Basics includes a video series featuring introductions from leading church practice experts. Find more information at lifeway.com.