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Hey friends! Today we’re continuing our Lead Small book study with CHAPTER 3: Partner with Parents.
If you haven’t been keeping up with us, no worries. You can read the entire book in about 2 hours, and we’re only about halfway through. So grab yourself an hour, a cup of coffee, and a comfy place to read, and follow along. Week 1 of the Book Study is right here, and Week 2 is here.
Today we’ll be talking about how to help Small Group Leaders partner with parents. This is a really big deal for us, so not only will we talk about the idea of partnering with parents, but I’ll also share with you some practical ideas on how our Small Group Leaders are making it happen. And I’d love to hear from you. Let’s swap some ideas and share what’s working!
So here we go! Week 3 of Lead Small.
Hey there! Welcome back to the Lead Small book study. We’re on Week 3 of 4 right now, which means we’ve almost wrapped up the book. But if you’re just joining us, don’t worry. Lead Small is a really quick read, so you should be able to get caught up in no time.
So far, we’ve looked at the introduction to the book and the first two chapters: BE PRESENT and CREATE A SAFE PLACE. Today, we’ll talk about Chapter 3 and the third principle for being an awesome Small Group Leader: PARTNER WITH PARENTS.
CHAPTER 3: PARTNER WITH PARENTS. Nurture an Everyday Faith.
Reggie and Tom begin this chapter by casting some vision about why partnering with parents matters. It matters, they say, because we’re meant to live an everyday faith. We, of course, want the kids and students in our ministries to have a faith that lives outside the walls of our church buildings. We want them to think about their faith, to talk about their faith, and to practice their faith every day.
So, how can Small Group Leaders nurture an everyday faith in their few? Should they text Bible verses to their few every morning? Meet them for lunch every day? Pray with them before bed every night?
That’s kind of creepy. So, probably not. But if a Small Group Leader can’t be a daily part of the lives of their few, how can they help nurture an everyday faith? Well . . .
“Unless you’re planning to spend 24/7
with your few, it might be a really good
idea to partner with parents.” (p. 85)