In the last post I discussed the Ready phase of the ReConnect START Campaign. We have designed the START Campaign into three segments, Ready… Set… START. In the Ready phase, the leadership brings the church information about START and also Today I will go over the “Set” phase of the campaign.
Bible Study on New Groups
We have written a Bible study lesson, “New Groups Needed” to help church members to understand the unique role a small group has in their spiritual growth and share the value of starting new groups. This step will help inform church members (adults and students) so that they understand how vital new groups are in expanding the Kingdom and making disciples. This Bible study has both leader and participant guides. Available after March 1, we recommend that this Bible study be taught on April 27; but you obviously need to schedule it at an appropriate time on your church calendar.
Enlist New Group Leaders
A group leader is one of two necessities for a new group (the other is a place to meet). During the spring and summer months, prayerfully look at potential new group leaders. These potential leaders can often be found in current classes or groups.
Added Value of the New Groups Bible Study
The Bible study on new groups mentioned above has a helpful feature. The participant’s guide has a perforated tear-out with check boxes for group members to make the following commitments:
- I am interested in leading a new group;
- I am interested in participating in a new group;
- I will pray for our church to begin new groups;
We recommend that the participants complete the tear-out and turn it in to the teacher or leader, who will then return it to the church office. My preference is for this to be done during the small group time. The group leader needs to make the appeal to start a new group. Also, if everyone is asked to fill out and return the card during group time, more people are likely to respond. The pastor and Sunday School director will discover potential new group leaders and also people that are willing to leave their group to participate in a new one.
A new group needs a place to meet. There may be an unused classroom or two in the church facilities. Another option may be an office that is available on Sunday mornings. Other locations for new groups include homes, nearby restaurants, schools, or a business that may be available to the church. Another possibility is cleaning a former classroom that has been taken over with props from Easter or Vacation Bible School.
A new group needs potential members. Here are a few ideas of where to discover potential group members.
- Commitments cards from the New Groups Bible study mentioned above;
- Guests who have attended church events or worship services;
- Frequent worship attenders that are not engaged in a group;
- Inactive church members
Better yet – unchurched friends of the leader of the new group, and friends of participants that have committed to help start the group.
Tomorrow we will begin the final phase of the START Campaign, ready… set… and finally START!!
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