How do you assign members to a care group? Care groups provide a great tool for keeping up with and ministering to members. Remember, a care group is a small group of persons (typically four to seven) assigned to a care group leader who contacts each one weekly.
A young adult Sunday School discovered a creative way to make care group assignments: a Care Group Draft. Just as you draft a sports team, we drafted care group members. We met for dinner at the Sunday School teacher’s home. Then the care groups leaders took the class roll and drafted the persons they wanted in each of their care groups. In the early rounds they picked their friends and regular attenders. In the middle rounds they picked persons who attended less often. In the last rounds they picked non-attending members and potential members. (We didn’t tell anyone else who was picked in what round.)
The draft resulted in groups that were balanced with various levels of attendance; each group contained some
persons who were easy to contact and some who were harder to contact. The care group leaders also had a greater sense of responsibility for their group members, because they had picked them.
We had a great night of fun and fellowship, built rapport among the leaders, and set in motion an effective ministry to keep in touch with all of our Sunday School class members. Do you think this would work for some of your classes? If so, would you do anything different?
Bob Wood is the Church Growth Ministries Team Leader, Baptist State Convention of Michigan. He believes that if you build up believers, you will build up the body of Christ.