It’s Summer! What do I do with my Small Group?

I’m sure by now you’ve noticed that the seasons have changed and the days have gotten hotter! This is the time of year when people get the itch to travel, go to the beach, sleep in, and have less structure in their weekly schedule. For this reason, we are asking all of our Small Groups to start planning how they will slow down and eventually take a break from their regular rhythm of meeting for the summer.
As you know Seacoast Church is committed to being externally focused and our Small Groups are a major part of that strategy. This is why we have clearly defined “start” and “stop” dates for our Small Groups. New people need to feel like they can easily get connected when Groups kickoff and that the commitment has a time limit. This can be tough to hear when you feel like you’ve got a good thing going. So here are a few ideas you might consider if you don’t simply want to take a break:
– Meet twice a month instead of weekly during June and July
– Have fun together and focus on relational growth instead of meeting to study
– Plan an outreach/serve project and make an impact in our community
– Spend this summer in discipleship with someone in your group to train them to start a new group in the Fall
We will be doing a Small Group leader’s training in August and then a hosting a rally to highlight Small Groups where people can join one. We will also be calling for new Groups and Leaders to rise up. We currently have 11 Small Group that meet throughout the Sea Islands but we still have lots of disconnected people. Would you begin to pray that God would raise up 9 new leaders and groups so that we would have 20 Small Groups up and running in the Fall? I am praying specifically for new Small Groups to meet in the new neighborhoods on Johns Island and also behind the gates of Kiawah and Seabrook. What area of our city has God put on your heart? Let’s pray together and ask God to do “Immeasurably MORE” through life-giving relationships!