Small Group Objectives Lighthouse Leader Manual2018-08-19T09:21:41-05:00

A Lighthouse is a modern-day expression of the first century home church. Lighthouses revolve around the following six objectives:

1.   Shepherding/Care

In a Lighthouse, each person can be listened to, cared for, and prayed for on a regular basis. A spiritual atmosphere can be created that will bring about a hunger and thirst to be real disciples of Jesus Christ.

“All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” –John 13:35

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:2,3

“We love you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” – I Thessalonians 2:8

2.   Prayer

We are admonished in Scripture to pray without ceasing. Prayer opens the way for God to move in our lives. We must support one another through intercessory prayer that we may be victorious Christians like those in the early church.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” – Ephesians 6:18

“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” – Matthew 18:19,20

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.” – Psalm 145:18,19

3.   Fellowship and Sharing

“Fellowship” is one of the great words of the New Testament. It denotes something that is vital for our spiritual health and central to the church’s true life. It is two-dimensional, and it is first vertical before it can be horizontal.

“They devoted themselves to fellowship” – Acts 2:42

“I long to see you that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” – Romans 1:11

“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us…For you know that we dealt with you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God who calls you into his kingdom and glory.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:8,11

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let encourage one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24,25

4.   Teach/Grow

As Christians it is mandatory that we study and understand Scripture. However, that must never be an end in itself. We are to apply it to our lives in order that we might be instruments of God appointed by Him to go and bear fruit.

“To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.” –John 8:31

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” – Psalm 1:1,2

“We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.” – Colossians 1:28

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” – II Timothy 2:15

5.   Discipleship

There is a growing need for effective leadership today. We must develop leaders today because without them the ministry of the church cannot be accomplished.

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”– II Timothy 2:2

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”– Ephesians 4:11-13

“It is a trustworthy statement; if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.” – I Timothy 3:1

“It is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:26-28

6.         Evangelism

Our reason for remaining on this earth as Christians is to reach our world for Christ. A vibrant small group is one of the most effective tools we have for evangelism in this generation.

“God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”– II Corinthians 5:18

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”– Matthew 28:18-20