Haters (Curriculum)

So we go to group every week, talk to the students (try to remember their names), teach the curriculum confidently feeling equipped (since we took 30 minutes reflect over the curriculum every week like we talked about last time), and then we drive home.

  • Is there something more to leading a group than this same routine every week?

  • This was an opportunity but now it just seems like an obligation.

  • Is this all to christianity?

I still remember my Growth Group leader in middle school. Jim Barrier affected my life more than any other church leader in my life. From going to concerts together, to conversations in the car as he ran random errands. I still reach out to him from time to time to thank him for pastoring me so well. Know that you are a Jim Barrier to your Group! When you show intentionality to your students, it means more than you could ever know. You are their Pastor.

I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it’s like to be a leader and here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way.
— 1st Peter 5:1-3

All of curriculum, pictures, and videos are for nothing if we can’t genuinely connect with our students. All of this “stuff” is just of elementary importance to the human connection God wants for our Tribes of students. Haters is a three week series about giving the responsibility of judgment back to God instead of ourselves. We’re free to generously love without feeling the obligation to like or dislike a person. Click here for the curriculum. I believe this curriculum can help us as leaders solve the problem of Growth Group feeling more like an obligation instead of an opportunity. Let’s free ourselves to generously love by talking with our students every week outside of group. Starting an open dialogue with your students will prove to be one of the best ways to connect.

Imagine feeling excited to come lead your group every week as you are discovering more about God than ever before. Well, it’s possible, but it begins with loving your students generously, past the curriculum and creating a human connection.

This is the Leadership Challenge for this Series:

Contact your students at least once every week outside of group

Helpful Practical Tips:

  • Start a Group Text with your students
  • Go to the movies
  • Grab a student as you run errands around town
  • Go to a local place after service Saturday nights
  • Go to a school event (Play, sports etc.)
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