Serving together as a group never feels urgent. In fact, if you don't make a plan, it probably won't happen at all. You'll get to the end of your group and think, I meant for us to serve, but it was so hard to find the time.
Don't miss the opportunity to serve. It can improve the quality of your group in many different ways:
- It grows relational connection. There's just something about working together that will bond the members of your group. Honestly, I'm not sure why that is, but I've led enough groups to know that it is.
- It helps you end well. Serving people in need in your community prompts group members to think of those outside the group. It gives them a sense of mission. And that helps when it comes time for your group to multiply. That's because groups that are "others focused" have an easier time ending the current group in order to make more room for new people to join.
- It ups the fun factor. Serving can seem like a lot of work. You may even hesitate because interacting with people in need feels like it's outside of your comfort zone. But most of the time, serving is fun. And every group benefits from sharing fun experiences.
So, if your group hasn't served together yet, start planning a service project at your next group meeting. If you're unsure how to do that, check out our Serve Together leader training. It offers plenty of practical resources for setting up projects.