Prioritizing Relationships in Your Small Group Culture

Prioritizing Relationships in Your Small Group Culture

Sunday Mornings . . . or Wednesday nights, or Sunday evenings. Whenever you meet, it’s essential to provide children and students with consistent weekly small group leaders. If you say small group relationships are a priority, this is how you act like it. I grew up in a church where everyone was on a rotation, so consistency was not the norm. I’m so glad that our church now has a different culture. When my oldest kid was three, he wouldn’t even say that we were going to church. Instead, he... Read More
Free Download: Bullying Conversation Guide for Small Group Leaders

Free Download: Bullying Conversation Guide for Small Group Leaders

At some point during your time as a Small Group Leader, one of your few will most likely experience bullying. It’s can be a scary thing for kids, and navigating conversations around what’s happen can be daunting for SGLs. The important thing to remember is that when a kid opens up about bullying, it’s because they know you’re a safe place. Your goal is to have a conversation as soon as possible with those who can help—your church leader, the child’s parent or a professional. Your conversation... Read More
What To Do When They’re New

What To Do When They’re New

There’s just something about the holidays and a New Year that make families rethink church. Maybe it’s Jesus’ birthday and the constant reminder of the reason for the season. Maybe it’s the need for a fresh start with the New Year. Whatever the reason, church attendance always goes up this time of year. New faces are going to walk through your doors. Will you be ready? That’s where we come in. It’s easy to stay in the groove, to stick with the familiar and connect with those you already know... Read More
10 Practical Ways to Partner With Parents

10 Practical Ways to Partner With Parents

“They do a great job with her but not so much with me.” This was the response of a friend of mine several years back when I asked how he and his family were doing at their church. He went on to explain that he loved what his church was doing with his kids on Sunday but he felt he needed more as a parent. Our conversation got me wondering if other parents felt the same way. Specifically, do the parents at my church feel this way? I decided to do a little informal survey. I asked about a hundred... Read More
How Physical, Mental and Cultural Changes Affect Kids

How Physical, Mental and Cultural Changes Affect Kids

Every kid, in every phase, is changing in six ways. They’re changing . . . physically. mentally. culturally. relationally. emotionally. morally. We can’t talk about all of those changes in this short blog post, but we do want to talk about a few of them. Let’s start with some of the obvious changes. PHYSICAL CHANGES As kids grow, some changes are easier to see than others. Like . . . when you see that preschooler take a step for the first time. When you could swear that elementary-aged kid... Read More