First things first. I’d like to buy you dinner. Got your attention? Okay, more on that later. One of the things that drew me to small group ministry was the inherent potential housed in small groups that is just waiting to be released. I can see a day when small groups of relationally connected people who love God and one another are locking arms and venturing out on mission, both locally and globally. I can see a day when that is part of the regular rhythm of group life at LifePoint. Our values of Growing in our walk with God, Caring for one another and Serving should propel us outward into a world in need with the message and love of the Gospel. A small group can be a serious force in the Kingdom of God.
There are other ways that small groups can impact the missional landscape. Here’s one: I’d like to introduce you to Taylor Dukehart. She attends LifePoint and is in the process of building her support team so she can serve in North Africa with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). She’d love the opportunity to visit with your group so you could get to know her, pray for her as she prepares for her time in North Africa and prayerfully consider being a part of her support team.
Summer makes a great time to break from the norm in your small group. I’d like to ask you to consider having Taylor to your group to share about her upcoming trip and her heart and vision. I’m thinking it would be cool if you demonstrated hospitality to her by inviting her to a cookout with your group.
So, here’s what I’d like to do. If you’d like for Taylor to visit with your group to share her heart for North Africa the Small Group Ministry would like to purchase the meat for your cookout. Contact me, and I will put you in touch with Taylor. Once you’ve had the cookout, turn your receipt in to myself or Lois Schraf and we’ll get you a reimbursement check. It’s that simple. Oh. Please steer clear of filets and lobster. Let’s try to keep the meat budget to $50.
If you’d like to invite her to your group, but want to skip the cookout, that’s fine too! My goal is to introduce you to Taylor and then see what God would have you do from there.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what God might be prompting you to do.