by Steve Gladen
How can you encourage your groups to become healthy and balanced? How about providing them with suggestions for balancing the biblical purposes? Pass these on to your Small Group Leaders as ways to promote balance and encourage your groups to go beyond the meeting!
Fellowship – Communicate to group members via Internet. Consider having an enewsletter or Facebook page to keep people updated on each other’s lives, remind members what to study next, notify members of any details about the next meeting, report prayer requests and praises, and provide group members an opportunity to share news with other members.
Discipleship – Talk with your group members about the unity of your church. Is there true unity within your church? Have members explain why they answered as they did. Also consider whether your group is proactively promoting unity within the church. List some ways your group can foster unity, and perhaps even community, within your church family.
Ministry – Who at your church is going through a crisis? Have the group prepare a meal for that person or family. When you deliver the meal, be sure to pray with and for the situation and the people involved. Your presence and your prayers may mean more than you will ever know. Also, ask someone from the group to follow up with a phone call a few days after your visit to see how the family is doing.
Evangelism – Invite your neighbors and friends and children to an Easter egg hunt at a group member’s home. Serve some light refreshments and let the kids go hunting. Make sure you have plenty of extra eggs (not hidden) for those saddened children who don’t find as many as other hunters do. Keep the time short, fun, and focused: “We are a group of Christians celebrating new life in Christ this Easter season. Thanks for joining us.”