10 Perks of Being a Small Group Leader

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…

Chaos Manager
Professional “Shhhh”-er
Snack Dispenser
Crisis Counselor
Full-Time Group Text Responder

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…

Elle Campbell November 10th, 2015 0 comments

Love Over Time

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.”

When I read this and thought of the

Jenny Zimmer October 19th, 2015 2 Comments

Simple Faith. Simple Wonder.

“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

Danielle Schneller June 9th, 2015 0 comments

Leading You

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

Barbara Graves May 25th, 2015 1 comment

Summer Bonus

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!

Gay Tucciarone May 20th, 2015 0 comments

I Belong to You. . .

I belong to you . . .
You belong to me.

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

Barbara Graves April 27th, 2015 1 comment

I See a Generation

Think with the end in mind.

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

Gay Tucciarone April 13th, 2015 0 comments

Serving Young

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,

Barbara Graves March 9th, 2015 0 comments

Memorize, Store, Retrieve

Can we really expect a 4-year-old to recite the memory verse two hours after he heard it in your small group on Sunday morning?

Can we expect a 2-year-old to properly pronounce all of those words so that Mom and Dad understand what she is saying?

Yes and, well, yes—at least some of the words with a little help!

First let’s think about why we

Danielle Schneller February 16th, 2015 0 comments

Church is a place to have FUN!

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

Jenny Zimmer February 4th, 2015 1 comment