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I got my start in ministry by volunteering as a Small Group Leader. And, to this day, the things I love most about ministry are small groups and leading, equipping, and caring for my Small Group Leaders. So when the folks at Orange asked me to be a contributor for their Lead Small blog, I was all over it. Lead Small is a book, and now it’s a blog, too – 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… you should check it out. And you should tell your Small Group Leaders about it. And, to get you started, here’s my latest post. It’s a story (and some tips) about the power of celebrating traditions as a small group…
As a Small Group Leader, the summer has always been a great time for me to reevaluate what I’m doing with “my few” before the start of a new school year. This summer, I’ve been thinking a lot about celebrating traditions.
We’ve probably all seen the power of celebrating traditions in our families (just think about your favorite childhood memories – I’m guessing a bunch of them will be connected to a family tradition or two).
But have you ever thought about harnessing the power of traditions for your small group?
Traditions are powerful.
The traditions we celebrate have this crazy ability to bind us to the community we celebrate them with.
They establish emotional milestones that stick with us for a lifetime.
The traditions we celebrate are chances to create new memories with the people we love most.
And they remind us of the memories we’ve already shared together.
Establishing your very own traditions as a small group can do some seriously incredible things for your relationships with your few.