Leading in the Summertime: One Size Doesn't Fit All


As I mentioned in Monday's post, we're going to dedicate much of our blog space during the month of May to posts about leading your group during the summer months.

Summer is a tough time of year to maintain group cohesion and continue to grow relationships because everyone's schedules kind of explode. Vacations,  holidays, sports seasons, and children with a lot more free time can make it hard for groups to continue to meet on a weekly basis. Many groups drop back to twice-a-month meetings. Some even meet only once each month for a little social interaction.

The important thing to know is that there isn't a one size fits all solution for navigating the summer months. Instead, you'll need to communicate with your group members and be intentional about formulating a plan that works for you. This month's posts won't necessarily offer easy answers, but we hope they help you to find an approach that works for your group.

To kick things off, I'd like to point you to Maintaining Momentum in the Summertime, a post from last year in which we gathered some recommendations from three Groups Directors. I've even posted one of those videos here. In it, Adam Johnson underscores the importance of setting clear expectations for your group members.

Momentum for Summer - Adam Johnson from NPM GroupLeaders on Vimeo.

What approaches have you taken in the past to lead your groups well during the summertime?