Horses are accustomed to leaders. They want a leader. They expect a leader. A person becomes a leader of horses by making the horse move his or her feet—like the dominant mare in the pasture. She asserts and establishes her position by making the other horses move. She applies subtle pressure, such as pinning her ears. If that doesn’t work, she increases the pressure with a nip or a kick until she gets the other horse to move away from her. Lead horses in wild herds discipline young horses who are being unruly, by using the horse equivalent of a “time out.” They drive the trouble maker out of the herd until the rebel is MORE>>>

Every life gets messy at times. Sometimes these messes are literal, like a house that would be easier to condemn than to clean. But sometimes they are intangible messes such as illness, conflict, depression, abuse, bankruptcy, divorce, and job loss. And these messes can be painful, hurting our hearts and our homes. But as we see in the Bible, God loves to use messy people!

In this six-week study, we will dig into the lives of biblical heroes who were messy people just like us but who were used by God in powerful ways. Together we will examine the stories of five wonderful but messy people and one messy parable character: Rahab, the Prodigal Son, Josiah, Mary, David, and Daniel. From their stories, we will learn how God can use broken people, restore damaged hearts and relationships, give us power to handle our critics, and help us deal with the hard moments of life. Along the way we’ll discover that we don’t have to just endure messy lives but can actually learn to thrive with God’s guidance and help. In the hands of God, our messes can become His masterpieces!

The Leader Guide, to be used along with the study's workbook and DVD, contains six session plan outlines, complete with discussion points and questions, activities, prayers, and more—plus leader helps for facilitating a group.

Other components for the Bible study, available separately, include a Participant Workbook, and DVD with six 10-15 minute sessions.

In Hand Me Downs, Jim and Jennifer Cowart offer small groups another insightful and impactful community group resource. This six-session study is based on the metaphor “heritage” and expands on the Living the Five principle that “Growing People Change” their hearts and lives. This growth is accomplished by (1) acquiring new habits, (2) breaking the addictive grip of harmful habits, and (3) integrating a believer’s inner spiritual and mental life with outward behaviors and speech

The six sessions offered in the study are:

Session One: Leaving a Legacy

Session Two: Modeling Holy Habits

Session Three: Breaking Bad Cycles

Session Four: Living with Integrity

Session Five: Playing Well With Others

Session Six: Doing God’s Will

Hand Me Downs Participant/Leader Book and DVD are packed with Scripture-based lessons and easy-to-follow instruction, equipping anyone who is willing to lead or host a community group.

A fresh strategy for developing community groups for your whole church and beyond.

In this leadership book, Jen and Jim offer a five-part method for transforming a congregation through launching community groups.  Community groups become a multiplication strategy because they nurture an urgent expectation outside the congregation to share the good news with persons not yet professing faith, while creating a well defined path for growth in discipleship.  The book will include the following themes:

  • Group Explosion – New Strategy for 100% plus group participation

  • Overcoming Obstacles – Structuring for Maximum Growth vs Control – Crowd to Core Group Growth

  • The Power of the Pulpit – This system is driven from the stage

  • Living the 5 through Group Life – How the CG lives into Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry, Evangelism, and Worship

  • Creating Infrastructure for Facilitators

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 can’t do life alone.

2. Growing people change.

3. Saved people serve people.

4. Found people find people.

5. Worship is a lifestyle.

Jim Cowart is shepherding an amazing story. 1800 professions of Christ in ten years have propelled Harvest Church from a church plant of four – Jim’s family – to a thriving community of Jesus disciples. Harvest is changing their world and having a party while they do it. Learn why conventional church thinking such as pastoral care, long-term planning, stewardship campaigns, committees and even staff inhibit church growth. Learn how to do less, and lead more people to Christ.

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