An LTG is made up of two or three people, all of the same gender, who meet weekly for personal accountability for their spiritual growth and development. LTG members encourage and support one another in obeying what they hear from God. They can also support each other in prayer and be intentional in praying for loved ones and friends to come to faith. Meeting weekly is vital. Less often loses effectiveness. Any less cheats the other members of your group and weakens the process.
A Life transformation Group requires no program or special training, and doesn’t need a leader.
Its members mainly do three things:
1. Keep each other ‘on track’ to follow Jesus.
2. Read the Bible.
3. Pray (especially for people needing Christ).
Keeping Each Other ‘On Track’.
The accountability questions are asked of one another in a weekly meeting that values honesty, confidentiality, and integrity (Proverbs 27:17, James 5:16, Galatians 6:1-5). Because it is easy to lose time talking about other things, the meetings start with the Character Conversation Questions (see back page). Each person is given time to answer a question before moving on to the next question. The others listen and avoid trying to “fix it”. If people confess sin, we then speak forgiveness and encouragement to them!
The power of an LTG is in the unleashing of Gods word in the lives of people as they commit to read Scripture together each week. Do not skimp in this area. Challenge yourself in the amount of scripture you commit to reading each week: 14 chapters is a good goal. Find out what works for your group but try to stretch! Each week your group picks a book of the Bible to read. For larger books you may decide to do half the book in a week. For small books, re-read the book several times throughout the week (e.g. read Ephesians three times this week). The goal of the reading is not intense study; it is to hear from God and do what he says. This is the definition of faith. If any one person was unable to finish the reading that week then the whole group does the same reading again the next week until all read the entire amount agreed upon in the same week. This is not a bad thing, as reading entire books of the bible in repetition will yield rich rewards!
People who desperately need Jesus are prayed for. Each member of the group identifies two or three people in their sphere of influence who need Jesus. These people are prayed for throughout the week. Those who begin to seek Christ become candidates for new Life Transformation Groups. Multiplication of the group can occur naturally and spontaneously – and in a way that the whole group can celebrate together.