It's not always easy to lead your small group through the holidays. People are distracted. Their calendars are full. And it can be a challenge for anyone to stay focused on a study.
But you don’t want your group to limp into the end of the year. If you're intentional about it, December can be one of the best times of the year to build relationships in your group.
Here are three ideas for finishing the year well:
1. Serve together.
There is no time of the year that people are more inclined to serve those in need than around the holidays. Whether you adopt a family for Christmas or partner with a local nonprofit to help those in need, look for an opportunity to serve together. Serving together is a bonding experience that creates lasting memories. It also provides you with an opportunity to focus on your Influence with Outsiders.
2. Be social.
We say “Merry” Christmas and “Happy” Holidays for a reason. Whether you go catch a Christmas concert together, host an Ugly Sweater Party, or go ice skating at the park, December is a great time to have fun together.
3. Look back and celebrate.
As the year comes to a close, take a night to reflect on what God has done in your lives over the past year. Be ready with some examples of how you've seen God work in the lives of each person or couple. What prayers have you seen answered? What steps have you seen people take? What life change have you witnessed?
Get creative. Maybe combine two ideas to make one special night. But whether you’re wrapping up your first semester together, or winding down the end of your group’s life cycle, don’t miss the opportunity to close out the year on a high note!