Sometimes we find ourselves attending a group but for some reason connection points are difficult to achieve. Your group might have a great ongoing study, but never underestimate the value of socials. A meal attached to “social” is an invaluable tool in the Sunday School toolbox.
Socials are an incredible part of our groups and in some new groups it might take as much as 50% of our group time. How could this be you say?! It is the nature of people to desire a connection with others and have friends. In the beginning words of the Bible it is clear we are not to be alone. We are social beings.
- Group Socials provide a place for us to get to know one another.
Sometimes 10 minutes of “hello” is not enough.
- Groups Socials provide a place to make friends.
Many times ice breakers help to achieve a new comfort level because we are getting to know the people in our group through a simple game.
- Group Socials provide us a place to be accepted.
Sharing a meal with someone is a very disarming event. We see it many times in the text and is great way to begin conversations with others.
- Group Socials can eliminate loneliness in people’s lives.
We have no idea how lonely people can be in a crowd. Many people go months, years in fact with sharing a simple meal with friends.
Never underestimate the power of group socials. I would encourage some type of gathering at least once a quarter. This one action could galvanize your group and push them to invite friends to the groups as well. Sharing a meal with someone is a wonderful way to bring together and grow your group.
Jonathan Jordan is the State Missionary at the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.