Last night I got to meet the freshmen guys who will be in my high school small group this coming school year. I was so excited to see them and talk to them and let them get to know me. I’m taking Steven’s junior high small group and Steven and his co-leader Kyle had invited me and my new co-leader Michael to be at their last night of small group and to introduce us.
The first thing that was very obvious to me was the love these guys have for Steven and Kyle. I could tell for some of them this was going to be a sad night and I knew it would be sad for Steven and Kyle as well. Check out Steven’s post from yesterday if you haven’t already. They have poured into these guys for two years and have done an awesome job.
Here’s how we did the transition:
- Before the group met, the four of us sat down and they talked about each of the guys in the small group, the best way to connect with each one of them and where they are in their walk with God.
- Once we got to the house where they meet, Steven introduced us, told the guys about the friendship we have and how we share a ministry together and all about us. Then he opened it up for us to talk to the guys a little bit and then he let them ask us questions.
This made for a very smooth transition and I’d recommend this for others who are passing their student small group on to new leaders.
When I got home last night I prayed for this new group and for each of the guys by name. I also prayed for my old group that God would help them in their next phase of life as college students.
The torch has been passed and I’m ready to get started with these guys. Some of them will be at high school camp with me next week. Thank you Steven and Kyle for the amazing job you did with these guys, God has gifted both of you with an incredible talent for student ministry, and these nine guys you have handed off to me are proof of that!