Leadership Community (Part 2)

“Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.” Philemon 7

The more I reflect upon Paul’s letter to Philemon the more I see powerful relevance and application that relates to small group leadership. If you weren’t at our closing leaders community this past Sunday we wanted you to hear something very important that we communicated to our leaders.

The small groups team wants to extend our great thanks to you as leaders for doing what Paul commends Philemon, that is, for “refreshing the hearts of the saints”. The word that Paul uses for heart conveys a deeply emotional sentiment (literally: “inward parts”). As you know, the Colossian church met in Philemon’s home. Philemon wasn’t the senior pastor of the community and he may not have even been an elder but because of the Christ-like love he shared with the folks in his home, the body had benefited immensely. Leaders, you may not realize this but you have refreshed the hearts of so many of the folks whom you lead, whether it be through prayer or follow up to a prayer request, a kind encouraging word or through facilitating a fruitful discussion. We want you to know that you are valued and that your ministry magnifies our great God and savior.

We also want to thank everyone who was able to make it to the leaders community over the past 3 Sunday’s. As a small group team we are very curious about which leaders took the opportunity to break and how many groups continued to meet without their leader. If you have a story about what God did in your life personally over the break or how the group benefited during this time, please email your staff contact to share that with us. We are also interested in getting feedback about the leaders community so that we are able to maximize the effectiveness of that time to best serve you as leaders.

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