This summer, both Matt’s and my small group will continue to meet past the school year. Usually in our ministry, small group runs according to the school calendar (September-June). This is set up to give our small group volunteers a break over summer, either to help out with some summer events or to refresh before the new school year starts.
Because both our small groups are in transition–Matt’s graduating high school and mine moving to high school–they’ve asked us to keep meeting with them into summer. I love that my boys are wanting to spend more time together and more time learning with each other. Here are some things I’m trying to keep in mind as we meet over the summer:
- Keep it lighter – Rather than getting into some heavier topics like during the school year, we’re trying to keep things a bit lighter. There won’t be any sob-fests (we hope), but we’ll still do some Bible studies and topical stuff.
- Mix it up – We’re trying to not get stuck in our normal groove of the school year. For example, we’ve asked students to lead our group for the next 2 weeks. It will be great for the guys to hear from someone other than their normal leaders!
- Build relationships – Since students have more time available, we’re doing our best to meet outside of small group (one-on-one, smaller groups) to keep building relationships.
Summer can be an amazing time to keep your small group going to keep building relationships. How many of you keep your small group going over summer? Let me know here!