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You being here matters

Sarah Bragg
Sarah Bragg Saturday October 24, 2009
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I recently read a blog post of a youth pastor and client of XP3. Michael Bayne is the student pastor at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, TN. I really enjoyed his post about why they do small groups, and I wanted to share it with you.

We launched our small groups at REMIX (our weekly gathering for teens) and it was an amazing night. I believe with all of my heart that the small group element of our weekly gathering is where life change takes place. I feel the community aspect of group moves our weekly event from seeking attenders to engaging participants. Small groups allow us to say to every teen, every week, “Your voice matters. You being here matters. You belong here.

Small groups …

  • provide students a significant mentoring relationship in their lives through our group leaders
  • allow time for teens to talk back, to express what they think about the message, their questions, their hope, and their doubt
  • enable us to empower many student leaders instead of just one or two
  • make it possible to do small events that make a huge relational impact in a teen’s life no matter how much our ministry grows
  • ensure we can stay connected with kids on a weekly basis
  • discover students who want to be discipled on a deeper level
  • provide another adult leader who parents can know is spiritually investing in their child

Small groups matter for us. I am so thankful we get to do more than just provide a gathering for students. We have the chance to help them discover that they were made for community. Following Christ is meant to be lived out in the midst of significant relationships with others. Thanks to our small group leaders who are going to pour their life into teens at REMIX. Small group leaders: What you do matters!

Sarah Bragg has worked with students in ministry for more than 15 years and previously worked in full-time ministry for 7 years. Her book titled Body. Beauty. Boys. The Truth About Girls and How We See Ourselves helps young women find their value in the One who matters. She is the Lead Editor for a the Orange Student strategy and curriculum. She has a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Sarah and her husband, Scott, and their daughters, Sinclair and Rory, reside in Marietta, Ga.