Just Show Up!

Wendy Douglas —  May 16, 2011

I have been re-reading Sue Miller’s book Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend that you do. If you have already read it, I highly recommend that you read it again every so often. I get something new from it every time I read it.

In the chapter I am reading right now, Sue is talking about the importance of having a mission statement and values that are clearly defined. The one that stood out for me today was:

Value 5: Promiseland Will Intentionally Shepherd in Small Groups.

Small groups serve as the perfect setting for adults to help children apply the day’s Bible lesson to their lives and to connect them into community¬† patterned after Acts 2. The small group leader has both a privilege and responsibility to model a life committed to Jesus. Sometimes the small group leader might be the only Christian adult a child personally knows.

She then goes on to share the responsibility to show up that all small group leaders have.

  • They must show up excited to be with kids.
  • They must show up ready to listen.
  • They must show up physically every week.
  • They must show up with an expectant spirit.
On Sunday Morning, it is possible to offer a place to know and be known, love and be loved, serve and be served. It is possible to provide a place where every child is individually treasured and valued. A place where, every week, kids can build healthy bonds and trust with the same children and same leader.

This really is the heart of small groups and as a leader you need to just show up.


Wendy Douglas

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Wendy is married to a warrior for the last 18 years and Mom to three boys. She volunteers in KidzPlace at The Gathering Church in Sevierville, TN. She reads almost anything she can get her hands on. In addition to contributing to Kidmin1124, she maintains her own blog called Saved Sister at http://savedsister7.blogspot.com/.

3 responses to Just Show Up!

  1. Always love hearing your thoughts, Wendy! Thanks!

  2. Yes! Small Group Leaders (Mentors / Teachers / whatever a ministry calls them) are crucial. I am a big fan of good curriculum and programming, but I am convinced that life change happens best in the context of community and relationships.

  3. We use small groups (boys/girls) and it has been helpful in getting the girls to open up with their leaders. It also allows for intentional ministry.