LIFE TRANSFORMATION GROUPS
A Life Transformation Group (LTG)
is made up of three or four people of the same gender who meet weekly for the purposes of building one another up and holding one another accountable to the continual improvement process of spiritual transformation. Groups should plan to meet for one hour a week. The group agrees on a time and location for their meeting that fits their schedule. The group does only four things in the meeting: Pray, Review, Ask and Follow Up.
|Pray Sins such as anger, rage, lust, lies, selfishness…keep us from becoming the people that God intended us to be. For these strongholds to be torn down, a great deal of time needs to be spent in prayer. While we like to fix things and take care of things for the family, these things cannot be fixed by our strength alone. The war has been won by Christ on the cross but the battles rage on and they are God’s battles to fight. So, spend at least 15-30 minutes at the beginning of each meeting and not less than 5 minutes at the end of each meeting in prayer.|
Review Review the previous week’s choice of scripture. Because the scriptures are “sharper than a two-edged sword, capable of dividing soul and spirit, bone and marrow”, respond to the scriptures you’ve read and how they apply to your life, how they’ve convicted you to improve your walk with the Lord, and what changes you’re committed to make so that your transformation process continues.
Ask Ask each other Character-Building questions. A list of possible questions is provided by following the link at the bottom of this page. Remember always that confidentiality is of utmost importance and ask each other the agreed-upon questions. If there is an urgent need for outside counsel and if the members agree, the Pastor is available to help chart a course of action.
Follow Up Most likely, members of the group will need assistance in overcoming obstacles to “life overflowing” as Jesus described. They may need and request follow up actions during the week to keep them going in the direction of life transformation. Be sure to honor your commitments in helping to keep your brothers going in the right direction. These follow-up actions might include phone calls, encouraging cards or emails. Always remember that it’s extremely important to respect each other’s confidentiality.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What does an LTG talk about in a typical group meeting? Members of an LTG Pray, Review scripture they’ve read from the previous week, and Ask one another Character-Building questions. Character-Building questions and the review of scripture stimulate conversation. Often questions arise or new insights can be shared. The success of an LTG depends on the level of trust developed between the participants. Absolute commitment to confidentiality will allow for sharing, accountability, intimacy, and true life transformation.
What are Character-Building questions? These are questions that stimulate conversations of character and confession of sin in a safe environment that values honesty, vulnerability, confidentiality, and grace. On the reverse side of this page is a list of questions from which the group can choose. Ask the Iron Man Ministry Leader for a custom bookmark your group can use as a reminder.
How do I join an LTG? You may start your own LTG by inviting one or two other people to join you or you may join an existing group that has an opening. For more information contact the Iron Man Ministry Leader or the Women's Ministry Leader.
How do I start an LTG? LTG’s are led by the Holy Spirit. You can begin your own by asking one or two others to join you. Individuals forming a group might commit to an LTG for a specified time such as 6 months. At the end of that time group members may recommit or decide to disband.
Why is the group limited to three or four people? There are several reasons. First, with only three or four schedules to coordinate, it is easier for a group this small to find time to meet each week. Secondly, in a one hour meeting there just isn’t time to allow each member of the group to share their answers to the accountability questions and to have time to discuss the Bible reading if the group is larger than four. Third, developing trust and confidentiality is important in an LTG and easier to maintain with a group of three or four men.
What happens if our group grows larger than four people? As a group grows larger it will divide and multiply. For instance, a group of five will divide into one group of two and one of three. Each of these groups may invite another person to join and the LTG will multiply!
Sample Meeting Format for Men
Character-Building Questions for Women
Sample Meeting Format for Women