Today's activity – Call every person in your group.
Several years ago, my wife and our pastor's wife began a new ladies Sunday School class. Because we were out of room, the group met in the home of our pastor. Every Saturday afternoon around 4:00, Judy and Tracy called each other and talked for a while, then they teamed up and called every lady in their group (plus any guests). By 7:00 each Saturday, every lady in their group had not only been contacted, but ministry needs had been discovered, and they had been prayed with.
Over time, these weekly contacts became something that each lady in the group really looked forward to. I would often hear laughter as my wife would visit with her group. But this sense of family and ministry did not happen with the first call, but after several visits over many weeks. The community and sense of belonging these ladies had carried over from Saturday evening to Sunday morning. Then, the calls would occasionally reverse… and when a group member had something exciting to share or a prayer need, they would not wait until Saturday but will call earlier in the week.
Taking the time to contact your group is one of the best community builders there is. Yes, you can have fru-fru coffee, snacks, and a green plant in the corner of the room, but nothing builds community like personal contact over a period of time.
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