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Large Group Ministry Flexibility

Yesterday I wrote about our experience with kids in a Large Group Ministry Time, and wondered how we could move some of these positive Large Group moments into our Small Group ministry times.  I’ve come up with two ways we can help make this happen.  Go read the first goal HERE.

The second way we can do this is to schedule in time of large group ministry times, that can then transition into small group times. In an effort to create community for kids in a small group level, I often forfeit any chance of large group prayer and ministry time.  Why can’t both exist at the same time?  I’m thinking what if we setup times throughout our calendar year for large group ministry time?  In our church, I believe much of the success we’ve seen in our ministry times is that it’s so new and fresh for the kids.  To keep it fresh we will have to do a few things.

  1. Find the lessons, and biblical lessons that fit a large group ministry time.  Not all lessons are created equal, and it’s worth the time taken to find the lessons that lend themselves to praying together as a group.
  2. Give our Small Group Leaders ample time to prepare for transitioning into Small Group time from a Large Group ministry time.  I foresee a slow, deliberate transition from large group prayer time into small group.  I would want to take the same atmosphere of ministry time into small group, but this will take some training.  There would need to be common things happening in small groups each time there was a ministry time.
  3. Accept the fact that it will take time from Small Groups.  I whole-heartedly believe that life change happens in the environment of community, and I am committed to working to create the small group atmosphere for our children at Trinity Church.  However, I am also committed to large group ministry times, and I want to give kids the opportunities to pray as a group with each other and for each other.  To do this occasionally, we will have to adjust.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.