6 Easy Ways to Destroy Community This Summer

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Don't overreact when crazy summer schedules jack up your strategy for community. Instead, learn to be flexible.

Welp, here it is. Summer. The time for vacations, baseball tournaments, camps and fireworks. Time for the pools to open and the schools to close. Crank up the lawnmower, fire up the grill and …

… prepare for everyone’s normal schedule to be completely jacked up.

And if you’re a small group leader, you know exactly how difficult this can be. Tuesday nights were wonderful, until little Johnny started baseball. Thursday mornings were perfect, until Laura’s two kids weren’t in school throughout the summer. Thursday evenings worked for everybody … until, for six weeks straight, someone was on vacation.

Before the summer hits, you and your small group need to have a plan. Be ready for the chaos that is June and July so that when it drops, your group survives.

To help you out, I thought I’d give you some tips. Depending on whether you want to destroy your group or not, choose which list fits you best.

Six easy ways to destroy community over the summer:

1. Meet every week at the same time.

A rule’s a rule, am I right? These people signed the small group covenant. If they can’t abide by it now, then kick ‘em out.

2. Just stop meeting.

After all, if you can’t meet every week, what’s the point? These people should be more committed.

3. Send angry tweets at the people who don’t show up every week.

Because nothing’s better than a good ole public defamation.

4. Assume that the people in your group that don’t show up every week have no commitment to the group.

Also, assume that they don’t really love Jesus. Be sure to include them in your “they really must need our prayer” list.

Ben Reed Ben Reed is the small groups pastor at Long Hollow, a multi-site church in the Nashville, TN, area. He holds an Mdiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ben is also an avid coffee drinker and CrossFitter, but not at the same time. Catch up with Ben at BenReed.net. In his book, "Starting Small: The Ultimate Small Group Blueprint," he helps leaders through the process of putting a small group ministry together and creating a place where people belong so they can become.

More from Ben Reed or visit Ben at http://www.BenReed.net/

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  • Jen Smith

    Wow. I had 1 and 4 happen to me in a small group that started in January (not even summer). And itI didn’t just comea from thethe leader, but from members. I stopped goibg. They made me feel like I’d been in a cult, not a group for connection.

    I have a much better group now.

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