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Exactly one year ago, I was beyond excited to start leading a small group of kindergarteners. I had it all planned out… I was ready. I had mentally prepared for this. I was a high school SGL for 4 years prior. What could be so hard?
Then my first Sunday hit and… the tears started.
Every small group has the student that I affectionately refer to as “The Interrupter.” Now let’s be clear here. If you lead middle school guys like I do, they’re all interrupters. But then there’s The Interrupter. Big difference. You know the kid I’m talking about.
Baptism is hard to explain to seven year olds. This became painfully obvious when I tried explaining the idea to my group a few weeks ago. Out of the mouths of babes came…
“The water is really special.” “Do you have to wear a bathing suit at church?” “Do you have to know how to swim?”
And here I was thinking this would be a simple conversation.
In April, I was invited to co-lead sophomore girls. The first time my co-leader Maria and I met for coffee, she told me the week before, one of the girls had shared she is attracted to girls. The student, Katie (whose name isn’t actually Katie), is a Christian and was...read more
The high five is one of the most universal things in our world today. No offense to the low five, but a high five is something nearly everyone knows. Little did Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke of the Los Angeles Dodgers know that when they smacked hands on October 2, 1977...read more
Have you ever planned a family vacation? I was so excited for our trip this past January. It would be the first time we had ever stayed at a resort. It was the first time we would all be flying. Those are some huge firsts for our family of 6. I had really talked this...read more
Mrs. Carol, my co-leader, had been absent from small groups for two weeks. When she arrived in the room she was greeted enthusiastically by our 4th-5th grade girls. One of the girls, Elizabeth said, “Mrs. Carol, Katie has a question for you.” But Katie...read more
When I first took on leading a small group I was scared. I didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t think I had what it took. I was sure they wouldn’t like me. I wasn’t sure I would even like them, to be completely honest. My first night leading my girls I was...read more