4 Things To Do In July


In order to have a successful fall for groups, the planning has to happen in July. Here are 4 things that you can be working on now that will pay off in August.

1. Update your curriculum menu

Spend some time going through your current groups curriculum choices. Is there anything that is outdated? Where do you want your groups to grow spiritually this year? We are currently developing a year long curriculum menu that will help our groups take their next spiritual steps through the course of a year.

2. Recruit coaches and leaders

Start now talking to potential coaches and leaders about the fall. If you don’t already have job descriptions for those positions, spend some time putting those together. List out not only the responsibilities, but the time commitment as well. It helps volunteers to know what kind of time commitment they are signing up for over the next few months.

3. Plan the fall study

Is your church going to do an all-church study this fall? Now is the time to start planning out and building the elements for that study. Spend some time with the teaching pastor to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Is there something off of the shelf that will go along with the series? Should you write a study and shoot videos to along with it? Are there other ministries that can take advantage of being on the same page for those weeks?

4. Schedule and plan the next training session

Plan a time before your next semester where all of your leaders are in the same room. This is a great opportunity to celebrate your leaders as well as share vision for what is coming in the fall. I would highly recommend having the senior pastor speak, if possible. Your leaders need to hear from the groups champion the overall vision of why discipleship is important.


About Chris Surratt

Chris Surratt is a ministry consultant and coach with over twenty-three years of experience serving the local church. Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also the Discipleship and Small Group Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Chris's first book, Small Groups For The Rest Of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes, was just released by Thomas Nelson.

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