If you’ve been a small group leader for more than five seconds, you know that, sometimes, leading a small group of kids or teenagers can be… well, a challenge. You signed up to be a small group leader, but some days it feels like your title should actually be something like…
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Yeah. Being an SGL can be crazy sometimes. But you know what? We’re pretty sure it’s still the best job ever.
And in case you needed the reminder today, here’s why…
As SGLs of preschoolers and infants, how we love our kids NOW is going to play a major role in the adults they become.
According to the World Health Organization, “Research now shows that many challenges in adult society-mental health problems, obesity/ stunting, heart disease, criminality, competence in literacy and numeracy- have their roots in early childhood.”
“For the most part, young children simply trust you because you are older. And trust
is important if you are going to help your few clarify their faith. But the truth
is, every year a child grows older, that trust is harder to earn. It’s like they
start to hold back. Filter. Become more…Grown Up.” – Reggie Joiner
Preschool ministry and preschool small groups compare
Isn't it great how we each have built-in "Start-Fresh" moments throughout the year?
New Year's Day is a magical moment when everything that happened the year before is (theoretically) wiped clean and you get to decide (for the 18th or 40th or 67th time) who you are going to be this year.
Then there's your birthday. Every year you get to say "Sayonara!" to your 20's
The key to leading small is showing up—both consistently and randomly in the lives of your few. And summertime provides all kinds of unique opportunities to do just that.
Many churches have planned summer fun—VBS, Kid’s Camps or special activities for kids during the summer. Even though you may not “have” to be there, these are great opportunities to show up in a random and unexpected way!
Beyond lyrics to a Lumineers song, these two statements can sum up a great relationship within your small group. We understand the fact that everyone needs a place to belong; a group where they are known and welcome. There is something powerful in the sense of belonging. What cements this relationship for your little
Such a valuable part of leading small with our few, but it can be elusive sometimes when you are living in preschool world! There are Sundays where it’s hard to see beyond that gentle, quiet Harper, who has many things that happened in her world this week, but Annie won’t be quiet long enough for her to share. Or
Your preschool small group is a great place for kids to not only get their first impressions of their Heavenly Father, but also to get their first impressions of what it means to be the church. As they are beginning to understand that the church is where God’s family gathers, that this is where we all love God and, at least most of the time,
Sometimes I think we need to remind ourselves that church IS a place to have FUN, and to have FUN does not have to be complex, does not require a ton of prep or a huge budget. Fun can be simple!! Give a preschooler a few “props” and just watch their imagination go!!
The First Look “Pirate” theme has helped remind me just how much