Welcome to the Connect Resources page where you can find materials that will assist you in running your Connect Group.
Our devotionals are topical Bible reading plans from preaching series at Calvary. These are a great tool to help introduce regular Bible reading and discussions in your Connect Group.
Short Courses consist of topical pre-written material that typically run for 8 weeks in length. Below are the short courses we offer at Calvary. Please contact your Hub Leader if you are interested in running one of these courses in your Connect Group.
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Alpha is a multi-week course that creates a space where people come and discuss life’s big questions.
Held in a relaxed environment over food and coffee, each session covers a key element of the Christian message in a way that is easy-to-follow and leaves space for people to explore their questions about life, faith, and God.
Alpha is typically 8-10 weeks long and runs mid-week in every Calvary campus during the school term.
See more information: https://100x.com.au/facilitator-guide/
Divorce is challenging and often overwhelming for those who find themselves having to negotiate a fractured relationship.
Through teaching and caring support, this program aims to give participants an understanding of the divorce experience, provide a safe place to process grief and loss and find skills and courage to rebuild. Participants will commence the journey toward renewed strength, finding practical help and hope for the future. This program draws from research and best practice in the fields of psychology, sociology, education and theology.
It includes the life experiences and reflections of those who have been through divorce.
Keep Your Love On
Keep Your Love On, the top-selling book by Danny Silk, has launched a movement of people determined to establish healthy, thriving relationships—relationships marked by loving connection, respectful communication and well-defined boundaries. Adding these elements to your relationships takes time and practice, and the Keep Your Love On Study Series is Danny’s new, premier set of resources for helping individuals, families or small groups implement KYLO skills and principles in their personal and professional relationships.
Loving Our Kids on Purpose
The family is the vehicle for generational revival. Loving Our Kids on Purpose, by Danny Silk, brings a fresh perspective on the age-old role of parenting. It incorporates the principles of the Kingdom of God and revival into your strategy as parents. With a blend of teaching, storytelling and humour, Danny shares his personal family stories as well as the numerous experiences he’s had helping other families. Loving Our Kids on Purpose will give you tools to protect your connection with your children, teach your children to manage increasing levels of freedom, replace the tools of intimidation and control and create a safe place for children to build confidence and personal responsibility. Join the reformation that is transforming a generation to Love Your Kids On Purpose!
Making Marriage Better
Making Marriage Better is an opportunity to enhance or rebuild you marriage. This program teaches how to build a great marriage from whatever point you are at; how to keep love fresh and how to handle the boredom, conflict and stress associated with marriage. Couples will learn what it takes to keep passion alive, build a more loving relationship and discover more about the uniqueness of their partner.
How different would your life be if you lived on a budget, were debt free, and were able to give more to the church and to others? During Money Matters you will explore how to create a financial vision that will free you to manage your finances the way God intended. You will learn how to set financial goals, create a budget, invest in the future, and be generous with the resources God has given you. Money Matters will help you move forward to financial freedom.
The Marriage Course
The Marriage Course has been run in more than 127 countries for more than 1 million couples.
The course comprises of 3 parts each week:
Food- Each session begins with couples eating together. This gives guests a chance to unwind and connect before the session’s episode. It also helps to create the atmosphere of a date.
Talk- The episodes are around 45 minutes in length, with breaks for conversations. Each episode explores a different topic through real experiences, expert insights and relevant teaching.
Discussion- Providing space for couples to have private, intimate conversations is a must for every course. It helps enable couples to engage openly and honestly throughout the session.
Developing and maintaining a healthy sexuality is every man’s battle. Valiant Man is about male sexual discipleship. This program with study and devotional guide is designed to fortify and restore the moral and spiritual integrity of men. Valiant Man challenges all men to fight for their own personal, moral and spiritual vitality and help other men fight for theirs.
Woman to Woman
Woman to Woman encourages woman to take a close look at their relationships and their world. Every woman carries the strengths and weaknesses of her background into family, work and friendships. This program is designed to give insight into family dynamics, personal attributes, beliefs and values and provides strategies for change. It encourages women to embrace life and invest in a better future.
5 Love Languages
Based on Gary Chapman’s bestselling book, The 5 Love Languages, this small group video study helps you identify your personal love language and also helps you understand the love language of your spouse. Using fun presentations before a live audience, he provides practical suggestions for enriching your marriage.
Helpful Scripture References
At Calvary we believe ministering through the Word of God is the most powerful way to care for people. As you pray for a Connect Group member, try inserting that member’s name in the Scripture to make it more personalised.
As a leader, we encourage you to find and memorize at least three Scriptures, which will equip when you are walking someone through a tough situation as well as give you strength as a leader throughout the semester.
Here is a list of powerful Scriptures that you can apply to any situation:
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
“‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the LORD. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.’”
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
“Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never, never fail you nor forsake you.’ That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, ‘The Lord is my Helper, and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me.’”
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us — whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of Him.”
1 John 5:14-15
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”
“You are the light of the world — like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
“No power in the sky above or in the earth below — indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
1 Corinithans 13:4-7
“One day the apostles said to the Lord, ‘We need more faith; tell us how to get it.’ ‘If your faith were only the size of a mustard seed,’ Jesus answered, ‘it would be large enough to uproot that mulberry tree over there and send it hurtling into the sea! Your command would bring immediate results!’”
“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counsellors there is safety.”
“‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.'”
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
“’No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,’ says the Lord.”
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 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 Lord’s people.”
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope fore and assurance about what we do not see.”
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the lifegiving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
Superficial to Super Effective Conversation – Ps Chris Yelland
Connect Groups on a Mission – Ps Dustan Bell
Churchology – Ps Dustan Bell
Developing Your Spiritual Edge – Ps Corey Turner
Group Dynamics – Ps Tom Conwell
Helping Your Connect Navigate Anxiety – Dr Robi Sonderegger
Lifehouse International Church – Ps Rod Plummer
Multiplication Mindset – Ps Dustan Bell
Three Things Important Right Now For Connects at Calvary – Ps Dustan Bell
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How can I recruit people to come to my Connect Group?
Start with people who are already in your sphere of influence (co-workers, friends, and neighbours). Find people around you who are new to the church, are new believers, or have shown interest in getting involved. Look for people you think you can help realize their potential.
Where can I hold my Connect Group?
We encourage Connect Groups to meet outside the church building in the places where you like to spend your time. Some of the most common meeting places are homes, restaurants, parks, coffee shops, and office buildings.
What should I do if someone asks a question I can’t answer?
It’s okay to not have all the answers. Often a listening ear is the kindest support you can offer someone. Thankfully, we can find guidance through prayer, God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. Encourage them to spend time reading the Bible and praying. Also, let them know that you will do your best to get some information and get back with them at your next Connect Group meeting. Do some personal research and call your Demographic Leader/Pastor to get advice.
What should I do if someone in my Connect Group shares something with me (or the group) that requires attention beyond what I (or we) can provide?
If you encounter a difficult situation within your Connect Group, please know that you are not alone. It is okay to say something like “This sounds like a conversation that needs a little extra time than what we have right now, so let’s talk about this at one-on-one at the end”. If a member is going through a crisis, you can rally the group around them to provide prayer, encouragement, and support. Use wisdom and be sensitive to the situation. If you are unsure of what to do, don’t hesitate to ask your Demographic Leader/Pastor. If there is an immediate threat to life please phone 000.
How do I measure if my Connect Group members are moving forward in their faith?
Ask! Make it part of your discussion whether in a group setting or individually. Here are some great questions to guide your conversation:
- What are you most looking forward to in the Connect Group?
- What brought you to Calvary?
- What do you feel like God has been doing in your life lately?
- Have you ever been to a Calvary conference?
- What areas of your faith are you hoping to grow in the coming months?
- What are you focused on in your life right now?
- Have you been to a Calvary Pathway event?
- Have you ever served on one of the Calvary Teams?
- How can I pray for you?
Everyone in your Connect Group will be at different places spiritually. The vision of helping them “move forward” is not to get them to do everything at once, it’s to help identify where they currently are spiritually and offer a practical next step to help them grow.
Here are some examples of next steps you can share depending where a Connect Group member is spiritually:
- Invite them to attend a Sunday service with you.
- Share your personal story and what God has been teaching you.
- Invite them to Calvary Conference
- Share how Calvary Pathway can help them discover their purpose and invite them to attend.
- Invite them to consider being water baptised. Invite your Connect Group to be there to celebrate anyone getting baptised.
- Share how you find time regularly to pray, worship, read God’s Word and encourage them to make their own plan for time with God.
- If they are ready to receive Christ, offer to pray with them.
What should I do if I am concerned that a child or young person is at risk of harm?
It is very important that any disclosures or reports of harm or abuse are communicated to your Campus Pastor within 24 hours of hearing a report. Your Campus Pastor has the knowledge and skill to follow this concern up with relevant authorities to ensure that child is protected from being in a place of ongoing risk of harm.
A great way to have your Connect Group engaged from the start of your gathering is to get people talking. The goal of your Connect is for people to feel at home, relaxed and safe where they feel like they can authentically connect.
Ice breakers are a fun way to get conversation started, find out a little more about your Connect Group and have some fun.
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Here are a few questions to get the conversations in your Connect rolling:
1. If you could witness any moment in history, what would it be?
2. What is something you hate, but wish you loved?
3. What is your go-to movie and why?
4. If you had to choose one meal to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?
5. What was your first job?
6. What gives you joy?
7. If you could compete in the Olympics, what sport would you choose?
8. If you could shop for free at any store, what store would you choose and why?
9. What is something funny or embarrassing that you believed as a kid?
10. Who would play you in a movie about your life?
11. What are some of your pet peeves?
12. Describe your perfect day.
13. Do you (or would you) like to travel? What is a place you’ve always wanted to visit?
14. If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?
15. Do you prefer texting, social media messaging, emails, phone calls, or talking face to face?
16. What are some pet peeves you have?
17. What’s the first thing you remember ever learning about Jesus? Where did you first hear about Him?
18. What is your favourite bible verse?
19. What was your favourite class in school?
20. What language would you learn if you could learn one instantly? Why that one?