Bands

How to answer the question, “How is it with your soul?”

Watch this video to find out more about your first steps to participating in a band:

 

Bands are groups of 3-5 people that read together, meet together, and pray together.  These groups are focused on the basic question, “How is it with your soul?”  Each person is going to answer that question differently, but it goes beyond just joys and concerns.  This question causes us to look at not only how we are doing and who or what we are praying for, but to also look at how we are growing with God and where we are struggling.

To keep your group on track download the app at discipleshipbands.com/app.

Members: Find out who is in your band by visiting our member portal.  The password can be found in your email and in the Bridge.

A Band Meeting:

This is the format for a discipleship band meeting from discipleshipbands.com.

opening

Group prayer adapted from Ephesians 5:14 and 3:14-19.

questions

1. How is it with your soul?
2. What are your struggles and successes?
3. How might the Spirit and Scriptures be speaking in your life?

WHEN YOU ARE READY TO GO DEEPER…

4. Do you have any sin that you want to confess?
5. Are there any secrets or hidden things you would like to share?

closing

Group prayer adapted from Ephesians 3:20-21

the seven commitments

  1. Respect the clock: Do your best to share within 15–20 minutes.
  2. Challenge by choice: You have permission to skip a question at any time.
  3. No cross-talk: Don’t give advice or interrupt.
  4. One Counselor (come Holy Spirit): Listen and pay attention to how the Holy Spirit might prompt you to pray.
  5. Comfort with empathy: Hold space for others with open hearts. Rather than offering pity or sympathy, show up and tune in— bless, encourage, and build up.
  6. Community of grace: When someone confesses sin, pardon by saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven.” If someone shares a secret, thank them for their courage and never judge.
  7. Strictly confidential: Never share another person’s comments outside of the group.