7 Tips for Running a Large Group Environment Smoothly

7 Tips for Running a Large Group Environment Smoothly

by Kendra Fleming If you use 252 Basics like we do, then every Sunday you unpack the Bible story and lead your kids to worship in your large group environment. This is your big chance to communicate the truth of God’s Word in such a way that it engages the kids and sticks with them! You and I both know that you can have the most amazing content and any number of things can still go wrong. And nothing is more frustrating than to know that you missed your mark with the kids due to distractions... Read More
5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader

5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader

by Kendra Fleming If you’re anything like us, you’ve just spent the summer recruiting and training new small group leaders for the fall. As we interviewed and talked to these leaders there are always a few things that we’re looking for. Here are five qualities I think are most important. If you’ve been doing this for a while, then you know ’em when you see ’em! 1. They care. I’m not talking about someone who is tenderhearted or hugs a lot. I’m talking about someone who genuinely feels... Read More
Bring Them to Jesus

Bring Them to Jesus

by Kendra Fleming In the Gospels, the story is recorded multiple times in which Jesus sets a precedent for interacting with children. People were bringing their babies to Jesus, and the disciples were disturbed because Jesus was spending His time with children instead of doing whatever it was they thought He should be doing. Jesus’ response is instructive for us in ministry to children: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as... Read More
How to Help Parents Navigate Promotion

How to Help Parents Navigate Promotion

by Kendra Fleming It’s that time of year again, when kids are moving up to their new small groups and, in some cases, whole new departments! If we’re not careful, we can really frustrate parents in the process. And we all know that parents are in the best position to alleviate any anxiety their children might have about this big change. Here are some simple things you can do to help parents feel more at ease with the change. Give parents the information they need. Create many easy and obvious... Read More