Once a year (usually around the new year), I throw a wrench in our small group calendar. Adapted from our You Own the Weekend series, I dedicate a month or so to have my small group be run by the students!
It is one of the funnest things that my group does and we look forward to it every year! I usually group them into pairs and assign them a piece of scripture (usually there is a theme, like parables or miracles). When it is their week, they are responsible for several things: bringing the snack, running “highs and lows,” leading the lesson, and overseeing prayer requests at the end. Of course I help prep them during the week leading up, but once small group starts, it is all them!
Here are a couple reasons why I keep bringing it back:
-It is fun! You Own the Small Group (YOTSG) is a blast and allows students to express themselves and their creativity. Last year, when a group was teaching about the vine and branches, they brought in this HUGE tree branch, shears, fruit… everything! While it was super messy, it was super fun! The things that they do when they teach help make some really special memories.
-It helps the group. If you have ever worked in customer service, you find yourself having extra patience and saying thank you much more when you go to restaurants. You do that because you know what it is like to deal with how crazy customers can be. This is the same principle. After leading their week, students know what it is like to try to get the group to listen and respect each other and how hard it can be to get people to participate. Students come out of it being a more productive and well-behaved student in group. It pushes them to take ownership in the group.
What are some things that you do to mix up small group?