Like typical small group leaders our volunteers give time each week to meet with their small groups. They take time before the small group meeting time to review the questions that will be used during the discussion time. They show up at ball games and concerts and special occasions. They send “we missed you” and “praying for you” texts.
They show up and are a consistent presence in the lives of students.
Then, sometimes, our small group leaders go above and beyond.
It’s just another reason why we love small groups.
One of our area high schools was having a Winter Formal Dance. Students make plans, for the evening: buy tickets, determine what they are going to wear, find a date (if necessary) or arrange details with their group of peers, select a restaurant to eat and, of course, take a number of pictures.
This year some of our small group leaders decided to host our group of students for dinner. Rather than the students picking a restaurant and making reservations to go out to eat, our small group leaders, in the words of one of our students, created a “homemade 5 star restaurant.”
The leaders met them at the door and took their coats. They offered them appetizers and a menu. The students were served beverages while being asked how they would like their steaks prepared. A tasty meal was served and dessert was provided. On the way out the door, students were offered a beverage for the road – “Mexican Coke” (Coca Cola served in glass bottles and made with cane sugar) – it’s a favorite of several of our students.
Our small group leaders went the extra mile to create a fun dining experience for our students prior to their arrival at the school dance.
Here’s what a couple of the parents posted on Facebook following the dinner:
“Seeing your son and his friends going to a dance and having their small group leaders offer to make them dinner makes me thankful!”
“Winter Formal. Blessed to have wonderful small group leaders who were willing to provide and serve dinner to this good-looking crew.”
I know that there are countless small group leaders serving in churches all over the globe.
But I think our small group leaders are pretty great!
This is just another reason why we love small groups (and our small group leaders)!