What we’re recommending in 2023
We’ve curated trusted resources, books, and group material for you that we’ll be focusing on as a church this year. If you’re new to LifeGroups these are a great place to start. If you need help purchasing or downloading resource material reach out to Jason at 580.436.7635.
Following Jesus Together
This 34-week study traces the journey of the disciples as they meet, follow, and are changed by Jesus. You’ll experience first-hand how set his first and future disciples on a mission to reach the world.
Following Jesus Together Leader Resources
>> 7 Guidelines for Small Group Discussions
>> 3 Keys to Becoming an Intentional Disciplemaker
The Bible Recap
Have you ever closed your Bible and thought, “What did I just read?” Maybe you’ve tried to read through the Bible but quit when it felt confusing or impersonal? The Bible Recap is a short, easy to understand podcast (~8 minutes per day) and daily reading. Groups can discuss questions and episodes and journey together through the whole bible or start together in the New Testament.
Practicing The Way
A simple, beautiful way to integrate spiritual formation into your church or group. Practicing the Way introduces 9 key disciplines or practices. Each Practice is four weeks long and includes teaching, guided conversations, and spiritual exercises, all designed to integrate the Practice into your ongoing life and the within your group..
Practicing the Way Training and Resources
>> Rule of Life Companion Podcast and Resources
>> Signup and Get Access to Free Leader Training
Books to Consider in 2023
These books are ones we’re reading together or you can read on your own. Most of them will be referenced in sermon series throughout the coming year.
The Power to Change
Feeling stuck no matter how hard you try to make positive changes in your life? You can start living the life you want through the practical, biblical, and highly doable strategies in The Power to Change.
Habits of the Household
Discover simple habits and easy-to-implement daily rhythms that will help you find meaning beyond the chaos of family life as you create a home where kids and parents alike practice how to love God and each other.
Praying Like Monks, Living Like Fools
An invitation to an ordinary yet radical way of life, using historic Christian practices as both inspiring vision and practical instruction for how to encounter the wondrous, mysterious, living God through prayer.
Praying Like Monks, Living Like Fools
Do you feel the tug-of-war in your own heart, the inner conflict between truth and lies? The spirit and the flesh? The Way of Jesus and the world? It’s time to start winning. It’s time to live no lies…
These trusted resources are always available and are great ways to start a LifeGroup
YouVersion Bible App Plans With Friends
Have the Bible with you no matter where you go with this free app for your phone or tablet.
Talk It Over
You can lead a great discussion right from your computer or smartphone with our weekly Talk It Over guide. Plus, your group can follow along, too!
Great resources for small group leaders looking to engage their groups along with LifeChurch messages. with series specific YouVersion Bible plans and ways for your group to grow together, and LifeGroup videos.
Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast
Leadership. It’s in your DNA. It’s the way God created you. In this podcast, you’ll get timely insights from Pastor Craig and his guests to make the most of your leadership potential.
Leader Development Tools
Great leadership starts with awareness of who God created us to be and identifying the individual traits and styles He gave us to effectively lead others. The five tools and assessments listed below are a great next step in your leadership and personal development.
Learn what makes your personality unique.
16Personalities is an online Personality Type Assessment is a great tool to help you gain more self-awareness into your personality preferences and characteristics.
Uncover your talents with StrengthsFinder.
StrengthsFinder 2.0 is an online assessment that helps you identify what your top 5 strengths are among those most recognized in today’s culture.
Develop your Emotional Intelligence.
Emotional Intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way.
Discover your purpose with the Chazown Experience.
The Chazown Experience is an interactive campus event that will help you identify your God-given purpose as you examine your core values, spiritual gifts, and past experiences. Exercises and discussions during the event will help you identify common themes in your life, bring clarity to your unique passions, and lead you to the purpose God has just for you. To find out when the next Chazown Experience will be at your campus, contact your campus LifeGroups/LifeMissions Pastor below.
Prayer and FastingAt TheBOD we have made it a priority to seek God first through taking the first 21 days to pray and fast. Together, we faithfully seek God first, trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact in our lives, our church, and our world.
A Guide to Fasting
An excellent guide to understanding why we fast & how we fast from our friends at Church of the Highlands.
21 Days of Fasting Bible Plan
Start your new year with a focus on the spiritual discipline of fasting. This plan includes several passages about fasting and others that encourage reflection and closeness to God.
Fasting with your Kids
Quick tips and great ways to incorporate fasting into your family routine.
Praying as a Family
Quick tips and great ways to help your kids understand and practice prayer.