Thursday, October 12, 2006

Groups and Service

Alright, I'm gonna stop all these FAQs for a second because I've got a question of my own.

We are trying to mobilize our groups for service this semester. I believe that the group that serves together grows together, so we are asking every group to participate in one service project this semester. We are blogging about it on zonegathering.com. We will focus on the topic of service at our next Leadership Summit.

So here's my question: how have you mobilized groups for service in your church? What has been successful? What has not? Help?

4 Comments:

At 4:18 PM, Blogger david rudd said...

great site, heather. i appreciate your work here and at the zone gathering.

our church has a "community task force" that is indended as a facilitating body to help our small groups "get missional"

they have identified three key goals for this year and work with our groups to help them connect with these community opportunities.

this years three ministries are a local thrift store with an emphasis on discipleship, habitat for humanity, and the local institute for healing racism...

 
At 8:15 AM, Blogger Heather Z said...

That sounds great. So is this "community task force" staff-driven? Or is it like a small group itself? How do they interact with the small groups? Do small groups use them as a resource? Is it working well? I love the idea.

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger david rudd said...

it is not "staff driven". i serve as the liason between the team and the staff, but i'm not technically a part of the team.

so far it is working well. we're only about 8 months in, so we're still in "beta" stage. we've identified some bugs and are working them out.

there interaction with small groups happens three main ways:
1)they provide material for our monthly newsletter to our group leaders
2)they get a "chunk" of time at our quarterly group leader summits
3)we publish the member's contact info and encourage our leaders to call/email them

we're in process of designing our small group blog (thanks for the idea) and will use that as another venue for collaboration with groups.

 
At 10:17 AM, Blogger Heather Z said...

Awesome! Thanks for the help! Please let us know how as things progress. Great idea!

 

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