The baton of leadership has officially be passed to us.
Dave and I love the group we've been a part of.
|Beitzels - former leaders|
We have all clicked well, we have lots of fun and I appreciate the honesty and openness that each family has contributed. Even the kids enjoy each other.
For the second half of the year, Dave led a study through Song of Songs. I cannot say that I have ever in my life heard either sermons or lessons on this book and it was really interesting. We've had quite a few bonding experiences throughout this lesson, especially due to Dave's "ice breakers", many of which involved balloons attached to various body parts needing to be popped. Or self-generated "Song of Songs" themed versions of popular board games. (Picture a Song of Songs themed "Scattergories") I'm not sure I've ever laughed so hard in a church small group. And we've had the unique experience of serving our spouses by washing each other's feet.
We've shared lots of good meals together, including some awesome creme brulee.
We're really looking forward to next year, adding a few families and choosing a new study. We're thinking about doing a study of some part of the Old Testament. Any suggestions?
Small groups are such an essential part of becoming connected at a local church, especially one that is as large as ours. To me, small groups give us the opportunity to be known and to serve one another. It's a great place to share struggles, build relationships, gain accountability and study Scripture on a more personal level. I have always felt that a small group should be the first place that we can go to find support. Dave and I took the Intro to Biblical Counseling class at our church for that reason, so that we could grow our discipleship skills.
If you aren't a part of a small group, I would strongly encourage you to consider joining one or maybe even starting your own if that arrangement isn't part of your local church. I'd love to hear what your experiences have been with the small groups you've been a part of and if you have any advice for us as we embark on the adventure of full-on leadership!!