Should We Stop During The Summer?


School is starting to wind down, vacation plans are being made, but what about our small group? Summer time is tricky for a lot of groups, because if you forge ahead with the normal schedule, you will likely have shrinking attendance.

Most of our groups at Cross Point take the summer off from meeting every week, but that does not mean that they stop as a group. If your groups will plan ahead, summer can be a positive, growing experience.

Here is how we advise our groups to handle the summer schedule – bring a calendar to a meeting in May and lay out the next 3 months:

  • In June, plan 1 social event and 1 serving opportunity. For us, that is an Adopt A Block at our Cross Point Dream Center on the first Saturday.
  • In July, plan an outdoor social event (July 4th is perfect) and another serving opportunity. An easy one at Cross Point is our Serving Saturday on July 20th.
  • Put in the calendar what your first “official” meeting back in August will be. Our yearly DNA series always starts the 2nd Sunday in August, so that week is a natural one to start back with.

If they will follow this schedule, the group will not only not disappear during the summer, but will most likely grow stronger.

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Chris Surratt is a ministry consultant and coach with more than twenty years of experience serving the local church. Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN., and Seacoast Church in Charleston, S.C., prior to becoming the Discipleship and Small Groups Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. He is the author of Small Groups for the Rest of Us and the just released, Leading Small Groups: How to Gather, Launch, Lead, and Multiply Your Small Group.

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