So I’ve been a terrible blogger this month. I know. I hope you don’t hate me.
Life has been a little crazy. So, so, great. Just a little crazy.
Here’s what’s up with me lately…
I’m transitioning to part-time at my church.
For the three years I’ve been on staff with our Middle School Ministry, I’ve worked on our small groups, our volunteer teams, and a ton of other random stuff. It’s been super awesome. But for reasons I’ll explain in just a second, I’ve decided to drop down to part-time and focus my attention solely on our small groups and Small Group Leaders. And I’m really excited about it because, well, that’s kind of always been my favorite part. So starting sometime in January or February, my church job is going to look a little different. And because of this shift…
We’re finishing up the last week of our Lead Small book study today!
And to make things easy for you (because I like making things easy for you), I’ve condensed all four weeks of this study into one PDF document. So now you can download it, print it, stick it in your book, and study away. Want it? Here you go!
So to finish up this study, let’s get into Chapters 4 and 5…
Hello and welcome to the final week of our Lead Small book study! We’ve only got two chapters left to discuss. So, open those books to the beginning of Chapter 4, and let’s check it out!
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 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.
Yesterday I gave you some of my favorite snippets and takeaways from the 2013 Middle School Ministry Campference. I hope you checked it out because, seriously, there was a heck of a lot of goodness in those notes.
Now, to keep the Campference conversation going, I want to tell you about a little Campference tradition that I got to be a part of this year: the Soapbox Sessions. Apparently, every year, Marko asks a handful of Campference people to give quick little 5-minute “soapbox rants” in response to this question:
“What is one thing you wish every middle school youth worker would stop doing, or start doing, or understand?”
And, this year, he asked me to get in on it.
So here’s my response, inspired by my 5-minute Campference Soapbox Rant.
This weekend, Kenny and I got the chance to hang out at The Middle School Ministry Campference. And it… was… awesome.
Let me tell you some of the cool things I learned.
Oh, but first, if you don’t know anything about The Campference, here’s what you need to know:
- It’s a gathering just for the Middle School Ministry tribe.
- It happened at SpringHill Camp in Seymour, IN.
- It’s sort of a conference (with speakers and breakout sessions and things), and it’s sort of like camp, with crazy free time options (like paintball-ziplining), shared meals (just like at camp!), and tons and tons and tons of conversations.
- Everyone at The Campference is a peer - including the speakers. Everyone hangs together, eats together, rooms together, and makes some new best friends.
Kenny and I got to lead a couple of sessions about games and environments and marriage, which was really fun. And I got to do a little “Soapbox Rant,” which I’ll talk more about tomorrow.
But today let’s talk about the cool stuff we learned in sessions. Want to hear some of my favorite takeaways?
Hello and welcome back to my little Lead Small book study! Like I said last week, I’m kind of obsessed with this book, so I’m really excited you’re reading it with me.
Today we’re going to be talking about Chapters 1 and 2 of Lead Small: the first two tasks of a great Small Group Leader. What are they, you ask? “Be Present”and “Create a Safe Place.”
You’ve probably noticed that I’m taking you off-site to read these entries. That’s because they’re being guest posts for Orange Leaders. You might also notice that I’ve got some questions at the end of the post to spark some discussion. Feel free to post your responses to said questions right here in the comment section of my blog, or in the comment section of the Orange Leaders blog, or both if you’re feeling like an overachiever. Wherever you decide to post your thoughts is cool, as long as we get to talk and discuss and swap ideas. Because that’s fun.
Ok, here we go! Week 2 of Lead Small.