As you look back on this past year, what has changed in your ministry? If you’re not intentional, you can easily drift into bad habits and ineffective ministry. If you want this new year to be an opportunity to intentionally recharge and redirect you and your leaders, here are two books to set you in the right direction.
When Relationships Matter – Make your church a place where kids and teenagers belong.
Before kids and teenagers can wrestle with abstract concepts like faith, hope, and the meaning of life, they need to know who loves them and where they belong. When Relationships Matter explores three values and nine practices that will help you create and improve your small group strategy.
If you want to measure the success of your weekly experiences for kids and teenagers, you need to ask two questions. Are kids connected? Are they known? Research shows that kids who have five or more adults who invest in their faith over time have a greater chance of having a mobilized faith. When relationships matter, everything changes.
“The best way to help kids know God is to connect them with someone who knows God.” – Reggie Joiner
“We have to go out of our way to create a culture in which it’s safe for kids and students to ask hard questions about faith.” – Tom Shefchunas
“Never sacrifice the next generation on the altar of your past methods and preferences.” – Reggie Joiner
“If you want to fight for everyday, authentic faith in the next generation, you need to support the relationships that matter most.” – Kristen Ivy
Check out When Relationships Matter, the newest release for leaders of small group leaders from Orange. Visit https://whenrelationshipsmatterbook.com to download a sample (plus some FREE RESOURCES).
Lead Small – Five big ideas every small group leader needs to know.
Lead Small clarifies the role and responsibilities of the small group leader who works with children and teenagers. It explains five proven strategies you can use to lead your small group well:
• BE PRESENT . . . so you can connect your kids’ faith to a community
• CREATE A SAFE PLACE . . . to clarify their faith as they grow
• PARTNER WITH PARENTS . . . to nurture an everyday faith in kids
• MAKE IT PERSONAL . . . to inspire their faith by your example
• MOVE THEM OUT . . . to engage their faith in a bigger story
“When we lead small we simply make a choice to invest strategically in the lives of a few over time so we can help them build an authentic faith.”
“If you are simply trying to instill faith and morals for the sake of your few, but it’s not a personal priority, they’ll eventually catch on.”
“A child will never feel significant until you give them something significant to do.”
“Your few are not problems to be solved. They are people to be loved.”
Check out Lead Small, a must-read for every small group leader. Visit http://www.leadsmallbook.com to download a self-evaluation guide to see how you are currently partnering with parents and a next step build to build a stronger partnership.