Family groups are small groups made up of families and specifically geared toward helping students or kids pursue God along with their parents. Family groups can come in all shapes and sizes, but here are our recommendations.
Inviting the families
Family groups should have two to five families, and we recommend that you invite families based on common interest. For example, you might have a family group that emphasizes junior high students who play sports.
Choosing the curriculum
Choose the curriculum based on who is attending your family group. For groups with junior high and high school students, choose from the youth series online. For groups with younger kids, choose from the kids series. You may also do a hybrid group and break out into two separate subgroups of kids and youth, interspersing parents in both groups. You may also choose a topic on occasion to change up the pace, using the simple discussion guide for the topic to start a meaningful conversation in your group.
Leading the group
Parents are the leaders of the family group. We recommend that the parents get together as a leadership team to talk about the best way to proceed as a family group. As with any good small group, allow the students and kids to participate in leadership. Challenge them to take turns sharing the talking points from Box A so they can really discover and internalize the truth each week.
We recommend that the parents identify and invite mentors – one for the boys and another for the girls. Mentors might be just a few years older than the students, and their role is to bridge the gap between parents and students. Encourage the mentors to meet with their mentor group outside of family group. Parents should give oversight and encouragement to the mentors as they help their students pursue God.
Family groups function a lot like a small church, with parents as the pastors and mentors as the youth pastors.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.