“They gave to anyone as he had a need” (Acts 2:45). That’s ministry: believer to believer. These groups became an outlet for support, ministry, benevolence, charity and shared meals – all in a group context. Small groups need to be more than just a meeting that happens every Thursday night; they should be engaged in ministry and meeting the needs of people within the body of Christ.
Sometimes the ministry will take place right in your group as people walk through a crisis together. At other times a group member could use his or her unique gifts to help someone in body.
Depending on how long your group has been meeting, there are several ways to incorporate Ministry (or service) throughout the year in your group:
If your group is new and getting to know each other consider these options:
- Make a list of people at BHCC and pray for them. Pass out cards and ask the group to write notes of encouragement.
- What hobby or activity to you enjoy? How can this be turned into a ministry to serve others?
- Spend time praying for Grandview, Nolen Hills or a future church plant.
- Discuss how each member can use his or her gifts to serve your group in planning, leading discussions, planning a time of worship, etc.
- Read Philippians 2:5-11. List the ways Jesus served us. Find other scriptures that describe what He has done for us. Close with a prayer of thanksgiving.
If your group has gotten to know each other already, consider some of these ideas for fellowship:
- Define servanthood. At home, work, church family, neighborhood. Brainstorm practical ways that each member can begin serving now.
- Put together a care package for someone serving in the military. Pray for them regularly.
- Serve at BHCC – brainstorm needs at your church. Plan a workday for the group. Include kids!
- Read Matthew 6:1-4. Ask each person to respond to Jesus’ teaching by accepting the challenge to anonymously meet a need in the coming week.
- When someone at church gets married, send a card with each group member’s best advice for developing a healthy, God-centered marriage. For couples married 50+ years, write a note of appreciation.
If your group has been up and running for a while, here are some ideas you may want to try:
- Bless the Children – Contact Teresa Brown and ask her what your group can do to help with the children. (help sort materials, work on a project, even commit to teaching a class together)
- Identify elderly members in your area that may need a ride to worship or church events. Offer to take them.
- Identify widows in your area that might need things done around their house and help them.
- Identify single parents and support them. Offer babysitting, run errands, mow lawns, wash car.
- How aware are you of others needs? Plan a meal with the men at one table and women at another. No one can serve themselves. Each group member has to serve someone else.
- Invite members that are wanting to start a small group to one of your meetings. Share with them the benefits your members have gained from being in a small group. Help them learn how to incorporate the Five Purposes into their new group.
Other ideas to consider:
Christmas will be really hard for families who can’t see their loved ones due to the pandemic. One of our groups came up with the idea of a “Christmas Blessing”. Each small group member submitted the name of a parent(s) or someone else they know that might be struggling during Christmas. Then each member drew a name. They will contact that person(s) and send them a letter and/or a small gift to let them know they have not been forgotten and that the group is praying for them.