Pass these tips along to your small group leaders and help them to bring health and balance to their small groups and your small group ministry!
Fellowship – To get to know about each group member’s family, ask them to draw stick figure pictures of the people in their family. On your sample, have Mom and Dad stand taller than the kids, who are arranged in a stair step order. Ask members to write the people’s names and add a simple graphic touch that reveals something unique about each person in the family. If the oldest daughter plays basketball, for instance, draw her holding a ball. Then have group members share their works of art.
Discipleship – Ask group members to watch television for an evening and, as they do, to list all the messages, implicit as well as explicit, in both programs and commercials, that run counter to the truth of God’s Word. Encourage group members to point out and discuss these messages with their children. Then have group members bring their lists to the next meeting. As you talk about the items on the lists, specify the biblical truths they contradict. Then discuss what Christians can do to stand strong against these powerful and ever-present messages.
Ministry – Have someone from your group contact the person in charge of the church nursery and offer your group as volunteers to work in the nursery some weekend. Your group may need some minimal training or instructions to do so, but your effort will be worth it. Also, as you work in the nursery, take a few moments to pray for each baby and his or her parents.
Evangelism – Prepare a traditional turkey meal together and invite people who don’t have a place to go to for Thanksgiving: international students, single people without family nearby, and people new to the community. For a variation on this theme, prepare a meal for people in need – people in a homeless shelter, people at a rescue mission, or people in transit at a bus station. But consider preparing the meal on a day other than Thanksgiving. Many organizations offer food on that one day, but those folks still need to eat on the other 364 days of the year.
Worship – Have your group worship and sing a cappella. Nothing compares to the sound of voices lifted to the Lord in heartfelt praise.
For more ideas like these, read 250 Big Ideas for Purpose Driven Small Groups.