The Best Season of All
In defense of meeting in the summer
By Jay Firebaugh
I inherited a church small-group ministry that insisted small groups break for the summer. But I am a huge fan of small groups meeting throughout the summer. Our policy now is that small groups can take a break anytime they want—for the entire summer, or even just a couple of weeks—but they're never forced to. Here are 10 reasons why I think groups should meet over the summer.
1. The days are longer, and the kids are out of school. This eases the stress of the clock. It's not necessarily that groups should meet longer, but that there's more opportunity to hang around after the meeting and enjoy each other.
2. Most often the kids can play outdoors during the warmer months, which keeps the kids entertained.
3. There are many fun social events to do over the summer: go out for ice cream, go to the park, plan a cook out, or attend an outdoor concert or play. Use these fun events in addition to regular meetings to strengthen the bonds in your group.
4. The devil never takes a vacation! Long breaks mean that many will lose the ongoing connection and accountability they need.
Posted on Thu, May 24, 2012
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