LIFEgroup Leader Update| 9.26.18



I hope this soggy week finds you well! I hope this weather means Fall is on the way. Bring on the flannel/sweatshirt weather!


We’re excited to jump back into groups this week and I know students are pumped to be back as well. It’s Worship in the Round week, so our time inside Hudson Hall will look a little different. Don’t miss it. We’ll kick it off at 6:20PM and have you guys to groups around 6:50PM. Like I mentioned last week, we are continuing to hear great stories of students growing in the Gospel each week. On behalf of our team, thank you for taking the time each week to make this happen. If you need anything at all as we head into groups or during actual groups, my cell # is below. And with that, here’s our weekly installment of 4 Quick Things:



  1. CALENDAR UPDATE – We will NOT have LIFEgroups on Oct 17th or 31st. The first date is Fall Break for WCS and the second is Halloween. We are developing a quick strategy for students to initiate Gospel conversations with friends in and around their neighborhood or wherever they are that Halloween night.


  1. ALL LDR NIGHT W/ WALT BARNES (PLEASE RSVP) – Oct. 28 from 4-6:30PM. Walt will walk all leaders through methods of how to study the Bible and accurately present the Scripture to students in a small group setting. Walt is a gifted communicator with a heart for the Word and students. You’re going to love hearing from him. We’ll have dinner catered in for that meeting. We’re asking for ALL student leaders, both Sunday and Wednesday leadership, to join us that night. To save your spot, email Julia at Also, Walt will be preaching to all students during the 9:30 that morning on Oct. 28. Join us!


  1. FALL RETREAT/6th GRADE ESCAPE – It’s coming soon. Join us at Jonathan Creek! Registration opens Wednesday, Oct. 3. Can’t wait! Fall Retreat is Nov 16-18 and 6th Grade Escape is Nov 16-17. It’s all on the same campus.


  1. SUNDAY LUNCH – We are debuting our new connect groups strategy dubbed “Sunday Lunch” on Sunday, Nov 4 for all high school students. Simply put, we want to bolster current student community and at the same time beta test an outreach strategy where students can invite unbelieving friends to church that morning and then go to a house for Sunday Lunch to eat, fellowship, and laugh together. We think the home is a great place to make this happen. They gotta eat right?! It’s all free.


Here’s how we do it – We have set a set host home for each grade (9-12). We’ll send out a permission click form on social media and give the attending students an address to their specific host home. Students will need to RSVP so we know how much food to get. We’re excited to connect with students and their friends from 12:30-2:30PM. We’re encouraging all students to attend either the 11AM or 11:11 service that Sunday, as always. It’s going to be an incredible time of meeting students and their friends. If you’re a high school LIFEgroup leader, we’d love to have you join us at a house for some fun and great conversations. We’ll unpack this strategy on Sunday morning to our high schoolers. Middle school leadership…please be praying for this new venture. With this test we’ll learn a ton and also see if it’s viable for future middle school events as well.



See you all on tomorrow night,



Announcements for the week of 9.3.2018



Hope you had a fantastic Labor Day weekend! Thanks for all your flexibility last Wednesday night. We are officially off and running for LIFEgroups this year! Once again, this week we will keep all students out of Hudson Hall until 6:20PM. At that time students will be brought in for time in the Word, songs, and announcements to close.


As we head into Week 2, below are 4 Quick Things to know:


  1. Once groups finish up please walk/herd your group down to the basketball court/that end of the Connection Center. We had a few issues last week with students upstairs/in stairwells/etc. Your help is much appreciated!


  1. If you have anyone who is not on your class role, please have them fill out the Visitor Card tomorrow night and place it back in your folder. Our team will add them to your role for the next week. If they are already in a different class, please walk them to their original class.


  1. If you have students asking to switch groups, please tell them to stay in that original group for this week. They can come down to the TV cart outside Hudson Hall and fill out a Transfer Request that must be approved by a Minister.


  1. If your group is interested in an upcoming Wednesday night Mini-Move mission night, please contact for info and dates. This has been a great rhythm for our ministry and we’re back at it this year.


Can’t wait to see you tomorrow night. ALSO, we will pray over all LIFEgroup leaders at the end of the last song this week. Thus, please be in Hudson Hall at the end of songs so we can pray over you.


Many thanks,




We’re baaaaaaack!



We’re baaaaaaack. Can you believe it?! Summer was incredible and we’re excited to take that momentum into the Fall semester. If you’re receiving this email, we’ve got you down to help lead a group.


I wanted to write and give you 4 quick things:


  1. We couldn’t be more excited to have you on the team. Seriously. We can’t wait to see what God will do this year.
  2. Our second and last LIFEgroup Kickoff night is THIS Wed. night at 6:20. We have a Group Leader Huddle Up after LIFEgroups THIS WEEK from 7:45-8PM in The Gallery. We’ll go over to details heading into next week!
  3. August 29 is our first actual night in groups. We’ll have worship from 6:20-6:50PM in Hudson Hall and then have you to groups from there until 7:45PM.
  4. All students must re-sign up to be in LIFEgroups. The link is, just FYI.


Thankful for each of you,


Garrett and the Student Ministry Staff

Lifegroup Leader Update| 3.19.18

This week is our last LIFEgroup meeting for the next two weeks as next week we’ll take a breather for Spring Break. As usual we’ll kick off at 6:20 this week and have you to groups a few minutes before 7. As we head into Spring, here’s your friendly reminder to message your group and invite them to Wed. night LIFEgroups.


One area I want to bring up is worship in LIFEgroups. Lately we’ve noticed pockets of students struggling to pay attention in worship. Some are on their phones or talking with friends. We want to correct this problem and model worship to them. Thus, if you usually make it to LIFEgroups in time for worship, will you begin to sit with your class from 6:20-6:50? Many of you have joined in with your group for worship on Wednesday nights and our desire is to keep improving in that area. I hope to see you in Hudson Hall on Wednesday night and thanks in advance for your help in this regard.


One last note is that Parent Focus Night is April 4 and on that Wednesday night we’ll be launching ALL of our Summer18 events including Mission615, Chicago, and Beach Camp. Vancouver is currently available for registration.


Mission615 – June 4-6 – Nashville, TN (new lodging location!)

Vancouver Mission Journey – June 9-16 – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Beach Camp – June 22-26 – Panama City, FL

Senior Stay – June 26-28 – Panama City , FL

Chicago Mission Journey – July 14-20 – Chicago, IL


All the details are available at


See you Wednesday!






Lifegroup Leader Update| 10/10/2017

  1. Fall Retreat/6th Grade Escape Registration – LDR MTG Next Monday     

Have you registered yet?! If you’re planning on joining us at Jonathan Creek, please do so ASAP! We need leaders AND we’ve got our annual FR/6GE Leader Meeting coming up on Monday, Nov 6 from 5:30-7pm. We’re bringing in Chick-Fil-A and we’ll go over all the specifics about the retreat. You can sign up for the retreat below – the dates are Nov. 17-19 for FR and Nov 17-18 for 6th Grade Escape.

Fall Retreat Leader sign up –
6th Grade Escape Leader sign up –




  1. Calendar


Nov 1 – LIFEgroups

Nov 8 – LIFEgroups

Nov 12 – 5th Sunday Breakouts for HS (9:30)

Nov 15 – LIFEgroups

Nov 17-19 – Fall Retreat/6GE (JOIN US!)

Nov 22 – NO LIFEgroups

Nov 29 – Last Night in LIFEgroups

Dec 6 – LIFEgroups Christmas Party

Dec 13 – NO LIFEgroups

Dec 17 – 5th Sunday Breakouts for MS+HS (9:30)

Dec 20 – NO LIFEgroups

Dec 27 – NO LIFEgroups

Jan 10  – LIFEgroups Restart


Lifegroup Leader Update| 8.28.17


If you’re receiving this post, we’ve got you down to lead in LIFEgroups this year! First of all, on behalf our team, thank you for your commitment to join in and help disciple these students. They’re incredible and we’re excited to journey with both you and them this year.

This Wed. night is the official start of groups for the Fall semester! We’ve seen God do some incredible things in the first 3 kickoff nights, with salvations and students desiring obedience with baptism. Praise God. Several of the students who made decisions signed up for groups and will join us for their very first LIFEgroup night this week. I can’t wait.

We’ve worked to let you know your partner(s) and grade for this year and shortly you’ll be receiving an email from Mac with all the information you’ll need including resources and how to login to the LIFEgroups curriculum database. Roles for your class will be available on Wed. night before groups.

Below are a couple of quick hits for THIS week. There is no LDR Update attached. All info is below.

Quick things for Wed. night –

1.      This Wed. night, ALL students who have NOT signed up for LIFegroups but show up for LIFEgroups will be meeting upstairs in the loft.

2.      If you have a student in your room that is not on your role, please send them (or show them) to the loft above Hudson Hall so we can get them signed up and in a group for next week. If you know of any students that have not signed up, please have them sign up ASAP at

3.      We’re going to bring all the LIFEgroup leadership on stage to pray over you tomorrow night right after the worship songs are finished. This should be right around 6:30-6:40pm. Please come into Hudson Hall so that we can recognize you and pray over you.

4.      Attached is a quick icebreaker for your group time on Wed. night. We’ll have a pack on M&M’s when you arrive on Wed. night if you choose to use it. Contextualize it for your group however you’d like. It’s simply a convo starter.

If you have any questions at all, please let me know.

Praying for an incredible first night in groups!



LIFEgroup LDR Update // FALL 2016

LIFEgroup Leaders,

Attached is the first edition of the Leader Update for the fall. We’re excited.

In the update is everything you need to know for the next three weeks leading up to groups on August 31.

If you are receiving this email, we’re counting on you leading with us this fall. If you feel you have received this email in error, just let me know and I’ll fix it quickly. We are in the final stages of pairing leaders with grades. As soon as we finish, you’ll receive an email with the info.

Looking forward to a great semester!


Garrett Gregory

Student Minister | Brentwood Baptist Church

615.324.6184 (office) |