How do you challenge students in your small group? I’m trying to get my small group guys dedicated to a daily quiet time with God and asked them to start with just 15 minutes a day. So this week I challenged them to sacrifice something, anything, each day so that they would have an extra 15 minutes in their schedule.
Last night in our small group time we talked about worship and sacrifice and how they don’t have to be at church singing songs in order to spend time in worship, they can worship God at any time in a number of ways. I explained to them how when they sacrifice they make their worship time during the day even more pleasing to God. Some of their ideas for sacrificing time they normally spend doing other things were: less time playing video games, less time on the computer and Facebook, getting up a little earlier to make time in their schedule for a quiet time. I think they are all on-board with this and to help them along the way here’s what I’m doing.
1. I text them all this morning to remind them what we had talked about and I’ll text them back tonight and ask them to tell me what they sacrificed today to find an extra 15 minutes for a quiet time. I’ll keep the text messages coming for the next 3-4 days.
2. We have a private Facebook page for our group, I’ve asked them to post what they are sacrificing. So far two of the 12 already have!
3. I don’t want to constantly harp on this to them, but I want to keep this idea going in their mind and get them to develop a quiet time as a daily habit. I know what a change it made it my life and I want them to experience the same thing.
It takes 21 days of following a routine to make it a daily habit, so three weeks from today I’ll update you on how we’re doing.
How do you challenge your students?