by Steve Gladen
The original small groups found in Acts balanced the biblical purposes in their group. Give your small groups these practical suggestions to help them balance these same purposes today.
Fellowship – Ask group member to bring in their wedding pictures to one of the meetings. Let each person talk a little about their wedding day and what is most unexpected about where they are today. If you have single people in your group, ask members to bring in their high school yearbook to show their picture. As members to explain if high school was a high or low point for them and to give one reason why.
Discipleship – At the close of a group meeting, give members the following assignment: In the coming week, find a song that describes your spiritual journey or reflects where you are now. Ask them to bring the CD and lyrics to the next group meeting, At that meeting, have people play their songs and explain why they selected that particular song.
Ministry – During the Christmas season, Christmas caroling can be a ministry. Find out where some older people in your church live and go caroling in their neighborhood. You could also carol in a nursing home or assisted-living facility. Christmas caroling is a great activity to do with some other small groups – and be sure to include the kids. After caroling, go to someone’s house for hot chocolate and cookies.
Evangelism – Most people spend Christmas afternoon sitting around reflecting on all that transpired earlier that morning and the night before. Why not start a new family tradition? On Christmas afternoon visit people in a nursing home! It can be a family or small group activity.
Worship – During worship time, have group members read a psalm or two and then spend some a few minutes in silence reflecting on the words.
Steve Gladen is the Pastor of Small Group Community at Saddleback Church. His latest book, Small Groups with Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities, was published earlier this year.
For more ideas like these, read 250 Big Ideas for Purpose Driven Small Groups.