Today's activity – Plan the start of a new group. Write it on a sheet of paper and tuck it in your Bible.
There is no better time than today than to begin planning when and how you are going to start a new group out of your class. I know you probably don't want to, and I'm pretty sure the people in your group do not want to even think about starting a new class. But you need to do it, and they need to participate.
The simple fact is that the larger in attendance your group gets, the less connected it becomes. Big classes are the bane of group intimacy. It may feel good for a while as the class grows and increases, but after a while the group begins to lose the closeness that is needed for good small group ministry. Mini-worship is not the same thing as small group!
Here are some ideas to help you plan the start of a new group:
- Pray for a leader. The new group will need a leader. You may already have an idea of who in your group would make a great new leader.
- Begin talking about the importance of a new group with your class. Do not blame this on the pastor or your Sunday School director. Being a leader means doing what is right, even if it isn't popular.
- Start asking some people in your group if they believe God may be leading them to help start the new group.
- When things start solidifying, put a target date on the calendar.
- Have a party! The week before you start the new group, throw a party and celebrate.
Every class has a legacy. You don't want to have a legacy of a Sunday School Scrooge who wouldn't let his folks venture out and grow!