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!

My church had Kids’ Camp recently, and I (because of a very generous employer) was able to be a volunteer. Many of the kids in my camp small group were my few from Sunday mornings. They were so excited to see me during a time that wasn’t “normal”!

Most preschoolers are not going to be involved in any overnight camps. So kids camps, VBS and extra summer activities are perfect! Plus, having a time frame of three hours to spend with your few instead of one provides brand new opportunities for quality time!

Another benefit was the opportunity to build more connections with some of the parents of my few. Many of them were also volunteers a Kids’ Camp, which gave a natural bridge to communicating about all kinds of things.

An unexpected bonus for me was the opportunity to invite some new volunteers into the world of “weekend” volunteering. Kids’ Camp brought out some pretty amazing leaders, who for whatever reason don’t volunteer on weekends. Hopefully a few will decide that is the next step for them.

Of course, a new volunteer opportunity brings new kids and families that may just decide being one of your few might be a place they’d like to end up. One of my “new” kids that week had been invited by Katie, one of my few. Much to my surprise the new girl and her family joined us for our last night FX. I knew from talking to Katie, this family did not have a church background at all, but they were right in the middle of our Family night dancing, singing, laughing! Between that and the great portrait another new girl drew of me – it was a win-win week!

What are ways you can show up unexpectedly this summer?

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Gay Tucciarone

Gay is a mom of three grown up boys and a grandmother to four preschoolers. She was previously on staff at Savannah Christian Church for 15 years as the Small Groups Coordinator, and now she works for Orange where she's had to increase the amount of that color in her wardrobe. Gay is hard at work in the preschool ministry at Cumberland Community Church in Smyrna, GA. Follow her @OrangeGayT to see why we think she's so awesome!

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