You can’t wait until the end of the summer to prepare for the fall ministry season. Have you figured this out yet? Most likely you’re on to this fact of life…but even if you are, you might need an idea or two about how to prepare and what to focus on. See also, What To Do Before You Plan Another Church-Wide Campaign.
Here are 5 things I believe must be done in June:
- Meet with your senior pastor to clarify involvement and fine-tune where necessary. It really doesn’t matter what strategy you’re using this fall to launch new groups, you need your pastor in the game. Integrating the HOST ask into their sermon is essential. Leveraging their influence at a HOST gathering is a huge opportunity. Casting the vision for everyone to be involved in a group is something that only your pastor can do. June is the time to confirm and clarify involvement (before vacations and/or study breaks). See also, 6 Ways to Help Your Senior Pastor Make the Small Group Ask.
- Make sure your existing small group leaders are aware of the fall plans. ”Why…