The value of small groups is that they are small.

Profound, I know.

But this is a value that took me entirely too long to embrace in ministry.  I am one who gravitates to large gatherings. I am energized by large group settings where a mass of kids participate in group games, worship and creative teaching.  In that setting, the more kids we can pack in the better. I still feel that way.  It’s a ton of fun.

But a great gathering of a large group of kids is not nearly as impactful as a great gathering of a small group of kids.  Because in the smaller gathering, kids can be known. And kids want to be known.

In the smaller gathering, kids can feel safe. And kids want a safe place.

In the smaller gathering, kids can ask questions. And kids have lots of questions.

But a natural occurrence in a great small group where kids are known, feel safe and can ask questions is… it grows.

Kids talk about how much they love their leader.  Kids talk about how much they get out of their small group.  Kids invite their friends.

And the small group gets bigger.

This is why the idea of making room is so important.  Your group will grow.  And your few will become many.

Keeping small groups small in the context of a growing ministry can feel like an uphill climb.  But there is one thing every SGL can actively do to help make room for more.

I like to call it “You, Too”.

Why? Because we are all like Bono… Ok, maybe not.

“You, Too” because there is another “you” out there who also wants to make the impact on kids that you are making. There is another “you” in your church who is looking for a place to make a difference.  Don’t discount them because you know they’re busy and don’t need another thing to do.  You’re busy too.  You don’t do this because you need another thing to do.  You do this because of the connections you make with your few.  You do this because you get to take an active part in the work God is doing in the hearts of your few.

Why not empower someone else to experience that, too? Why not invite another “you” to lead your growing group “too”?

Who is He asking you to invite?

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Gina is the Children’s Pastor at Faith Promise Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Gina is driven by the idea of equipping, encouraging & empowering parents for the journey of teaching their kids to love and be loved by Jesus. Based upon her experience as a mom, she identifies with the everyday challenges of parenting. Gina and her husband, Kyle, have three kids, Keegan, Josie and Connor.

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