With the start of student small groups just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do this year. I remembered something that Steven did with his small group last year and I LOVED the idea. It’s such a great idea that it’s worthy of reposting today in case some of you new readers didn’t see this post before.
Before the C-Group year started, my co-leader and I sat down and met about what we want this year to be for our boys. We set a couple of goals for them based on their personalities and where they are in their walks with God. We set these goals for them, but we needed to figure out a way this week to make them set those goals for themselves. We needed some buy-in, some accountability.
That’s when it hit me.
Tonight we got the buy-in we were looking for. Here’s how we did it:
1. I brought a large, sealable envelope and two notecards for each guy.
2. We explained what we wanted them to be thinking about this year – how they want to be different by the end of the year, and a “next step” they need to take to grow closer to God.
3. On the first card, we told them to write what they wanted to change about themselves or how they wanted to be different by the end of the year. On the other, we told them to write what they think their “next step” should be.
4. They folded both cards and wrote their name on the outside of both, then dropped them into the envelope.
5. I sealed the envelope for two reasons – they knew that what they wrote was just between them and God. We weren’t going to be looking at them. I also wrote on the outside of the envelope, “Do not open until May 29, 2012.” This is the last official day we meet for small group this year.