June 2018

June 2018

The Multiplication Challenge

Chapter 2: How to Act Like A Leader

Key Points:

  • Growing organizations rarely need more people with leadership titles, but they always need more people who act like leaders, with or without a title.
  • If you want more leaders, you need to find more people who act like leaders.
  • Leadership is supposed to be plural. If you are called to lead, then you are called to build a team so you can lead together.
  • If you want to act like a leader, first build your team, then lead your team. Everyone on the team can and should have a voice, but all voices are not equal in wisdom and authority. At the end of the day, teams still need to be led.
  • Once we get the relationship right, discipleship and leadership will naturally follow. Strong and healthy relationships produce strong and healthy leaders because leadership is relationships. 

Discussion Questions:

  • What are the benefits and dangers of someone leading without a title or position?
  • Do you tend to trust or micromanage those you lead? What are the potential pitfalls of both?
  • What are ways you can bring energy to your team?
  • Do you look for already-developed leaders around you, or do you look for individuals with potential to develop into great leaders? Why?


  • New Growth Track Times: We are rolling out new times for our Growth Track. We are encouraging everyone to walk new people into this class so that they can discover their redemptive purpose and live the life God created for them. It is made up of four steps that equip you to follow Jesus, connect to the church, discover purpose, and serve others.
    • Main Campus: Saturdays 6:00pm, Sundays 7:30am, 9:15am, 11:15am, 6:00pm and 7:45pm

    • Kaneohe: Sundays 9:45am

    • Cityside: Sundays 10:30am

    • Regal: Sunday 9:45am

    • Kaneohe: Sunday 6:00pm

  • Camp Impact: If you are in middle or high school, our annual Youth Camp will be held at Camp Pu’u Kahea in Waianae on July 15-17, 2018. Cost is $125 until June 22, and will be $150 thereafter. Registration and donations are received at any of our weekend services. The camp will be limited to the first 150 students. Follow @gbcradical on Instagram for most recent updates.

  • Financial Peace University: Dave Ramsey, nationally known Christian author and radio personality, teaches biblical principles and practices on stewarding the finances God has entrusted to us. This 9-week DVD course with weekly small group discussions and workshops have helped people “tell their dollar where to go” to get out of debt, save money, and plan for the future by following Dave’s “baby steps.”

Every Monday, June 25 - August 20 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Main Campus – ENLI 2
$99.00 Adult/Engaged/Married Couple
$49.00 Full-time College Student
FREE PREVIEW night on Monday, June 25
Register by Wednesday, June 20 
*Limited to first 30 guests*

  • Freedom Weekend: This powerful class is designed to allow God to speak His truth to us, draw closer to us, and transform us in a powerful way. The goal of this class is to help us experience freedom from sin and walk out a new life of victory. 


 (7:30pm - 10:00pm)
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(9:30am - 2:00pm) 

Main Campus (ENLI 1)


 (7:30pm - 10:00pm)
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(9:30am - 2:30pm) 

Main Campus (MPR 1)

  • Discipleship Track: This class is designed to lead people to healthy relationships with God and others. It will give you a deeper understanding of the gospel which will transform your life, equip you for ministry in the church and for influence in the world.

July 11 - August 1
Main Campus (ENLI 1)
7:00pm - 9:00pm

July 12 - August 2
Main Campus (ENLI 1)
7:00pm - 9:00pm


May 2018

May 2018

The Multiplication Challenge

Chapter 1: How to Think Like a Leader

Key Points:

  • Leadership is serving. Therefore, to think like a leader means to think like a servant.
  • The best leaders lead with the heart of a servant. That’s how Jesus led and that’s how He expects us to lead.
  • When we reduce leadership to position, glory, and especially authority, we usually end up with a lot of indignant and angry people who argue and fight for their place in the pecking order.
  • Serving and saving sinful humanity was an end in itself—not a means to leadership and greatness. For Jesus, leading and influencing was a means to serve.

Discussion Questions:

  • Do you see serving as a means to leadership, or do you see leadership as a means to serving? What is the difference? Why does it matter?
  • Describe a leader you work with who exemplifies servant leadership.
  • Why do you want to be a leader? What motivates your desire to lead others?


  • New Growth Track Times: We are rolling out new times for our Growth Track. We are encouraging everyone to walk new people into this class so that they can discover their redemptive purpose and live the life God created for them. It is made up of four steps that equip you to follow Jesus, connect to the church, discover purpose, and serve others.

    o   Main Campus: Saturdays 6:00pm, Sundays 7:30am, 9:15am, 11:15am, 6:00pm, and 7:45pm

    o   Kaneohe: Sundays 9:45am

    o   Cityside: Sundays 10:30am

  • Freedom Weekend: This powerful class is designed to allow God to speak His truth to us, draw closer to us, and transform us in a powerful way. The goal of this class is to help us experience freedom from sin and walk out a new life of victory. Our men’s weekend is on June 22-23. Our women’s weekend is on July 13-14.


April 2018

April 2018

Leading A Healthy Discussion

Part of our roles as small group leaders is to facilitate healthy discussions that lead to growth. Quality conversations will help a person’s spiritual and emotional health.  When leading group, our main goal is to create discussion that allows to people process their lives through the lens of God’s Word. Here are a few practices and principles that can help us lead healthy discussions.

1.     Preparation—Failing to plan is planning to fail.

The key to facilitating healthy discussions is being prepared. This means setting time to look over the weekly guide beforehand. Our discussion guides are sermon-based material from the previous weekend’s message. We can better prepare by taking notes during the sermon, and/or even watching/listening to it again as a refresher. (You may also want to encourage the group to do the same.)


  • Look over the guide and already have in mind what you plan to share with the group. Remember, your transparency sets the tone for the depth in conversation.
  • Have an idea where you want the discussion to go. Talk it over with your apprentice and assistant. Brainstorm additional open-ended questions you could ask for further discussion.
  • Be mindful of time, especially for seekers.  Take a few minutes to warm up and start (5-8 minutes) and spend majority of the time on the sermon discussion.  Group could last anywhere from 60-75 minutes.


2.     Participation—Facilitate, don’t lecture.

In many cases, the person leading the group tends to do most of the talking. When this happens, group can seem like it is a lecture. A leader gets the conversation started and facilitates discussion by getting everyone to participate and share. This means asking good follow up questions and having others speak into specific topics. A leader is also aware of when the conversation is going off topic, and quickly brings it back into focus. Here are some quick transition statements when the discussion has gone off topic:

  • “It’s seems like we’re getting off topic. Let’s get back to the discussion guide.”
  • “Thanks for sharing. We can talk more in depth about that after group. In the meantime, does anyone else want to share?”
  • “I’d love to hear more about that when we’re done, but I want to make sure that we give time for others to share on this topic right now.”

While this may take some courage at first, it can become instinctive over time. Group members will grow in confidence knowing that discussions will be focused and that no person or issue can dominate and completely take over. 


  • Speak the truth in love. Wisely use the scriptures from the guide and other verses to address issues and opinions that arise. Let the Bible speak for itself.
  • Consider clustering if more than 6 people. The smaller setting gives everyone a chance to share in a timely manner.
  • Be aware of body language and eye contact of members. Everyone should be focused on the person sharing. If someone isn’t paying attention, quickly involve them in the conversation.
  • Remove as many distractions as possible for focused conversations. (Phones, text messages, etc. can be taken after group unless an emergency.)
  • Value group members’ insights. You can affirm what someone has shared by saying “thanks for sharing that”, “that’s really good”, or “thank you for being honest.”
  • Make sure each person has an action step they will take after the discussion. Follow up with them for accountability.


3.     Prayer—The power for change.

Lasting change doesn’t come by only processing, but through prayer. Prayer invites the power of God to move in a person’s life. Make sure to open the meeting in prayer and have time to close by praying for specific points and needs of members. There are general points included in the discussion guide that give direction for prayer.


  • Be mindful of the environment you’re in. In public places, pray with your eyes open.
  • Mix up prayer. One person can pray for the group, each person can pray for a point, or you can have people pair up and pray for each other.
  • Be sensitive to new people. Protect them from feeling like they have to pray out loud.
  • Always include praying for a lost person that God has placed on our heart.

Remember, the end goal of group discussion is life change, not perfect discussions or getting through all the material. Be open to the Holy Spirit during each group meeting and follow where He leads. God is the one who does the work in our hearts. As leaders, we are simply creating an environment for discipleship and change to occur.


Discussion Questions:

  • What stood out to you from the teaching?
  • What are some things that you have done in group that helped with discussion?
  • What adjustments do you need to make to facilitate better discussions?
  • What are some current issues within group that you’ve had difficulty with?
  • Who are you empowering to facilitate discussions in the group?




  • Continue to pray for and follow-up with individuals that you brought to our weekend services. Let’s make sure we are consistently connecting and walking them towards discipleship.
  • Growth Track – Starting this month, Growth Track will be on Saturdays 6:00pmSunday 9:15am and 6:00pm at Main Campus, and Sunday 9:45am at Kaneohe. The Cityside cycle will resume in May. 
  • Discipleship Track – Our next cycle start on Wednesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 3. Both classes will be held at Main Campus (ENLI 1) from 7:00pm-9:00pm.


February 2018

February 2018

Leading From A Healthy Soul

The effects of an unhealthy soul are most obvious in our behaviors.

Behavior: Our behaviors are coping mechanisms that we have learned that are often unconscious and harmful.

Emotions: Are below the surface, less obvious but fuel our behaviors.

  • Instead of “why,” start with “what.”
  • “What was I feeling before I acted?”
  • Sometimes the emotion is triggered by a present event, sometimes it is triggered by a past event.

Belief: Lies or truth fuel our emotions that fuel our behaviors.

  • “What lie am I believing about myself when I felt that way?”


What do we do?

  1. Identify the lie that we believe and replace it with the Gospel truth.

a. Recognize the lies we believe.

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…” (John 16:13)

b. Repent for believing the lie.

“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)

 c. Receive and believe God’s truth.

“and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

 d. Renew your mind daily with God’s truth.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

2. Be honest with your behaviors and emotions.

3. Tell your story: be “known” to someone who will love and accept you just as you are.

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (James 5:16)


What do we do for others?

1. Create a safe place for people to tell their stories.

2. Ask people what they are feeling and what lies they are believing.

3. Help them to replace the lies that they believe with God’s truth.


Summit Takeaways:

  • A healthy soul comes as we are proactive in processing with others.
  • Cultivate safe environments of trust for transparency in group.
  • The health in our soul improves as we help others.


Discussion Questions:

  • What stood out to you from the teaching?
  • How do you think you can apply this to your leadership?
  • What are some of the things that create a safe environment for people to share?
  • Who can you help lead to a place of health in their soul?

January 2018

January 2018

Fill Up and Follow Up

Main Thought:

As we enter into a new year, we want to make sure we start it right with God first. Here are two practical ways for us to do this:


1.     Fill Up.

Spiritually, we want to make sure that our tank is full. We need to set a time to fill up and replenish our soul. We primarily do this through a focused time of prayer, word, and reflection.


2.     Follow Up.

Relationally, we want to follow up with people. Since the end of the year is full of distractions, January is when everyone’s schedule is open for connection. We need to leverage this window by following up and following through with those we were reaching and inviting during the Christmas season.


How we begin the year determines how the year will go. We want to come close to God and stay close with others. As we are filled up, we will have the grace to follow up with those we are believing God for. Let’s start 2018 with the right heart and mindset together.


Discussion Questions:

·  What will you do to fill up spiritually? What are you believing God for in 2018?

·  Who do you need to follow up with? What will you do to consistently connect with them?


Upcoming Events:

  • Prayer and Fasting

We will begin the new year with prayer and fasting. Starting on January 10, we will commit each Wednesday to a complete fast and end it with prayer at our Main Campus (Worship Center) from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. We are encouraging everyone to choose one day a week to fast, and each Grace Group to attend one of the four prayer pockets for the month (Jan. 10, 17, 24, & 31). We also have a 24-day devotional to help you personally connect with God. Pick-up one at our Connection Center or download it online at pearlside.org/devotional.

  • Discipleship Summit

Our Spring Discipleship Summit will take place in February. The theme will be “Leading from a Healthy Soul.” We will have two pockets to choose from:

o   Monday, February 5, 2018 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm

o   Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00am – 11:30am

You can register through the Pearlside App or Pearlside.org/events.

November 2017

November 2017

Leveraging The Holidays For Discipleship

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25 NLT)

We want to leverage the holidays for discipleship, not lose discipleship during the holidays.

Three ways we can leverage the holidays for discipleship:

1. Plan ahead.

  • When we fail to plan, we plan to fail.
  • Look at upcoming dates and plan around them. (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, etc.)
  • Plan outreaches, dinners, and parties in advance. So you can let the group and those you are reaching out to know ahead of time for scheduling purposes.
  • Consider doing things with other Grace Groups so you can create community with others in the church.


2. Leverage what you already have to do.

  • Include evangelism and discipleship into the things you are already doing.
  • Not adding more, but being purposeful and inclusive with what you have to do.


3. Fight to keep meeting.

  • Do your best to meet consistently. Cancelling group is the LAST resort.
  • Think outside the box. Be willing to change the day and time so that MOST can make it.
  • Consider having a “recapture”, another pocket to get those who couldn’t make group. Allow your apprentice to lead group on a different day.

Upcoming Holidays:

Saturday, November 11 – Veterans Day

Thursday, November 23 – Thanksgiving Day

Friday, December 22 to Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Weekend Services

Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day

Sunday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve


Discipleship Questions:

  • Look at a calendar. What plans does your Grace Group have to leverage discipleship during the upcoming holidays? What are some ideas that you can do as a Grace Group?
  • Reflect and share experiences of successful activities done as a grace group.
  • What can you do personally to leverage the holidays for evangelism?

October 2017

October 2017

Life On Life Discipleship


Discipleship is relationship, and this happens as we do “life on life” with the people we are reaching out to and raising up in leadership. In our groups, we need to have a blend of believers, pre-believers, and seekers in order to maintain health. Groups tend to remain stuck if it’s consistently the same people. As leaders, we need to be a model to our groups of what we want them to live out.


Discussion Questions on Discipleship:


  • Who is one person you are currently reaching out to?
  • What are you doing consistently within your week to reach out to them?

Grace Group:

  • What’s the mix of individuals in your group? Do you have a blend of believers, pre-believers, and seekers?
  • How is the group growing in discipleship?
  • What are you doing to encourage your group to reach out to others?


As we do “life on life,” our groups will begin to grow. That means we need to develop leaders to sustain the growth. Raising leaders takes F.A.I.T.H. We need to find people who are Faithful, Available, Involved, Teachable, and Hungry.

Discussion Questions on Leadership:

  • Who is one person you are raising up into leadership?
  • Which of the F.A.I.T.H. qualities do they possess? What do they need to develop?
  • How are you giving this person opportunities to grow in their leadership?

Prayer Points:

  • For the Holy Spirit to move on the names you wrote on your 5x5 Prayer Card. Pray for their hearts to be softened and for them to receive Christ.
  • For new leaders to rise up and begin new Grace Groups that are focused on reaching out to new individuals, groups, and areas of influence.


Important Communications:

Revamped Discipleship Process

  • Growth Track: Designed to establish seekers and guests to become believers in their faith. This class is a series of four steps that happens every Sunday, that equip you to follow Jesus, connect to the church, discover your purpose and serve others. A person can begin at any step.
  • Discipleship Track: Designed for believers to become equipped disciples. This class is a series of four weeks that have separate cycles on Wednesday and Thursday every other month. It is highly encouraged for Grace Groups to take this track together, and to attend each class consecutively from the beginning.
  • How to Register: Those who want to take either track can do so by registering at Pearlside.org or our Pearlside App. For the Growth Track, you can also TEXT NEXT to (808) 427-0034 or walk in.