Some things you do require lots of time and preparation. Some things can make a difference in just a few minutes. Resourcing your small group leaders can be an easy win you build into your week.
Here’s the idea:
A very small percentage of small group leaders come up with creative ideas for group meetings on their own. Most need a little inspiration.
Why not email your small group leaders a quick idea for a better meeting?
Maybe it’s a thought-provoking ice-breaker question or a new way to help small group members learn to pray together, but it would take you less than 15 minutes a week to find an idea, put it into an email and send it out.
The best part? You don’t even have to be creative yourself. You just need to know where to find the resources your leaders need.
Here are two ideas:
First, there are several blogs that regularly have small group leader ideas. It would be an easy win to write a sentence or two about the need for the idea and simply add the link to the blog post for more info. For example:
“Looking for a creative way to help your group members pray together? Take a look at Mark Howell’s Top 10 Ways to Learn to Pray Together: http://www.markhowelllive.com/skill-training-top-10-ways-to-learn-to-pray-together/
“Small group feeling a little stale? Take a look at Rick Howerton’s 10 Tips for a Small Group Makeover: http://blogs.navpress.com/rickhowerton/My-Blog/May-2011/10-Tips-for-a-Small-Group-Makeover
“Trying to find a co-leader? Take a few minutes and look over Allen White’s article for ideas: http://allenwhite.org/2011/04/06/how-do-i-find-a-co-leader/
“Hoping to include some of your less vocal members in the discussion? Take a look at Ben Reed’s article on 9 Ways to Respond to the Quiet Guy: http://www.benreed.net/index.php/2012/11/15/small-groups-my-insecurities-9-ways-to-respond-to-the-quiet-guy/
Second, there are several great books that are packed with ideas that can be passed on to your leaders. They ought to be in your library!
- Garry Poole’s Complete Book of Questions
- Steve Gladen’s 250 Big Ideas
- Serendipity’s Ice-Breakers and Heart-Warmers
- Steve Sjogren’s 101 Ways to Reach Your Community
- Thom Corrigan’s 101 Ways to Create a Caring Group
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