This week, we’re talking about fun, and why it’s so important in youth ministry. Yesterday I gave three reasons why I think having fun should be a priority and a strategy, rather than just an afterthought, in our ministries. And today I want to point you in the direction of a post I wrote a few weeks ago for Lead Small – a blog written for Small Group Leaders, by Small Group Leaders. It’s an incredible resource, and I am so excited that I get to contribute. Because leading a small group is one of my favorite things ever.

So… if you’re wondering how you can relay this have more fun! message to your volunteers, maybe this will help…

quote1My husband Kenny and I like to tell people that we have an official “family prayer” we say every day. It’s really super spiritual and it goes like this…

God, please help us have FUN.

I know, it’s awesome.

And, ok, we don’t actually pray that every day (only sometimes). But we definitely do consider having fun to be a priority – especially as Small Group Leaders.

So we laugh a lot. We do stupid things. We try to pursue something a guy named Bob Goff calls “whimsy.” We try not to take life, or ourselves, too seriously. And we try to help our students to do the same.

(That usually isn’t very difficult, by the way – things like smiles and joy and laughter are pretty contagious.)

quote2To be honest, though, it took me a while to see the value of fun when it came to my small group…

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