I seem to have discovered a pattern with my small group. Every once in a while, I’ll have a GREAT week with my group–they’ve opened up a ton, we’ve turned a new corner, decisions are made–I’m on a ministry high that week.
Then the next week totally falls flat.
This is a pattern that follows through almost every single time we have a great small group night. So, what the heck is causing it and how can I avoid it?
I think the biggest reason this happens is because there aren’t that many weeks that can be absolutely awesome. When one of those nights does happen, it stands so high above the rest that even if you compare a “good” night to it, the good night is going to be a letdown right after a great week.
Another reason could be that students recognize when a great week happens, so they don’t feel as much pressure to do the same thing the next week. They are the most critical factor in this whole process, so if they don’t participate as much, your next week isn’t going to be as awesome.
So how do we avoid the 2nd week letdown? I don’t know that it is completely avoidable. One of the things I had to do recently is go into the second week knowing that it probably wouldn’t be as great as the week before, and learn to accept that. Another thing is pray that the second week would be great despite an awesome week before. And last is prepare for the second week as if it will be as great as the week before.
What do you do to prepare for the week after an amazing week of ministry?