WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? Communication leads to community, an important goal for groups. As the leader, ensure your participants hear from you regularly so they feel connected to the group. This will also help group members keep up with group life when unable to attend, and it also allows you to communicate opportunities of connection beyond the group time.
WHAT DO I DO? Today there are many communication options…
- Handwritten notes: While some think that this option has gone the way of the dinosaur, many really appreciate the time, effort and sentiment that a note brings. Invest in note cards and stamps. Send out a card or two to group members every week. It really makes an impression.
- Telephone calls: This method allows for a two way conversation that is personal. Calls communicate that you want to hear what is happening in your student’s life. Carve out time to make 1 or 2 calls a week, and watch your relationships with students become stronger.
- Texting: Find ways to text very short but meaningful texts to your class members to let them know that you are praying for them and to remind them of brief, but important information.
- Social Media: This tool could be utilized to facilitate total class interaction. You might use this option for digging deeper into a question from your group time or to share other information relevant to your topic. You can also share information that people might have missed.
There are other ways to communicate, but the key will be practicing them. Find what works best for your group. Mix them up and avoid getting stuck in a rut.