One week from today is the last small group meeting I have with my current group. The group of 8th graders I met 2 short years ago have grown tremendously (both in height and in their walks with the Lord), and it is going to be really sad to see them go. As sad as that will be, it’s also a really exciting time for them. They will be moving into a brand new season of their lives, and I can’t wait to hear the stories from them and their new leaders.
The first thing we’re doing is meeting with them ahead of time to give them a rundown of our guys. We won’t be talking about our guys’ deepest, darkest secrets, but we want to let their new leaders know how to connect with them best. Each of our students have a different way of communicating best, and it will give their high school leaders a huge advantage to know what that looks like ahead of time.
The other thing is that we’re going to introduce the guys to their new leaders at our last meeting. This will be a kind of “passing the torch” in a way–giving the new leaders our blessing and letting the boys know who they are. Already this should create the beginning of a connection.
Since we’ve invested so much time into our students, we want to do everything we can to set up their next leaders for success. These small steps will make a huge difference.
Question: How do you set up your leaders for a successful transition?