Green and Growing
All of the rain that we have had this summer has caused my yard to grow and grow. Normally , in the heart of the Texas summer I can skip a week or two here and there because the conditions have just not been favorable for the grass to grow and for me to have to get the lawn mower out of the garage.
Things have been different this summer the amount of water and absence of 100 plus days have kept my grass green, healthy and growing. In a short blog post entitled "3 Goals Which Can Grow Your Class from Inside Out" by Jonathan Jordan, I am reminded that a few essential "elements" really do help a Biblical Community group grow just like water, fertilizer and sunshine keep the grass growing at the Stehr house.
In the post Mr. Jordan identifies three adjustments you can make to move your class to a spiritual growth posture. See if his list sounds familiar. Maybe you have heard this in a leadership meeting along the way, but as we get going in the new year we certainly want to see our Adult Biblical Communities grow numerically, but also spiritually. Here is his list.
1. Your group needs to have a mission project 2 times per year. Not just an emphasis, but something outside the group and the church. The value of serving those OUTSIDE your organization is invaluable.
2. Your group needs to fellowship once a month. Some sort of gathering or activity. Cookouts are great this time of year! Find something, be creative, but don’t underestimate the value of your group having scheduled fellowships every month.
3. Everyone needs to be contacted at least 1 time per week. It does not have to be the same person each week or having the same person contact the entire group. People need a text, email, phone call, card… anything, just as long as they have been contacted.
In the list we see three relational keys. Shared service. Shared food and fellowship. Shared care for one another. Let me give you three tangibles that your class might want to plan this Sunday. First, plan to serve together during Love the Rock on October 22. Plan a fun fellowship and if you need child care it available on September 17th. I know Jeanne and I enjoyed having everyone over to the house. All we did was dessert and conversation, but we got to know many of you so much better.
Finally, not only contact assigned prospects but each other. Maybe this quarter you ask everyone to contact the name above them on the roll sheet and then next quarter you assign everyone to contact the name belows theirs. The shared experience leads to deeper relationships, which deepen our discipleship together. Give a try this fall.