Eric Metcalf | NewThing Adult Ministry Champion
Summer is quickly approaching and I have to say, I haven't looked forward to summer like this since I was in 5th grade! Chicago's weather this year has been ridiculously cold and wet - lots and lots of snow. I'm not complaing (ok, I am) I love Chicago, but I need some fun in the sun. Anyway, with summer season quickly approaching we have an opportunity before us as small group leaders to slump or not to slump.
Usually small group conversations start like this, "So it sounds like everyone's going to be pretty busy this summer, how about we take a break and catch back up again in the fall." or "I think we should take a break this summer, I know I could use it." or something like that. Now, I understand the temptation to do this, because I love summers and it seems reasonable to take a break and enjoy it. However, my encouragement to us as leaders is to keep plotting the spiritual course.
"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 us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:24, 25)
I guess schedules and life were a challenge or the early church too. Here are a few suggestions from small group leaders at Naperville's last Leadership Community (1st Saturday of every month, 9am) on how to take advantage of the summer weather:
- have a monthly BBQ
- take a retreat day together
- meet weekly with whoever shows up!
- rotate hosting throughout the summer and plan more fun nights
- (do you have other ideas?)
At this past Leadership Community we also challenged one another to stay faithful and keep growing in our relationship with Jesus throughout the summer:
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize" (1 Corinthians 9:24)
So take on the summer challenge and don't allow the summer slump to get you and your small group.