A few weeks back, I raised the idea of having a “summer reading” with our small group leaders. It’s been a busy month of wrapping up the school year, but we are finally at a point that we’re ready to launch that idea.
Today, our leaders will receive an email invitation to take part in reading D.A. Carson’s book, The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story. The book does a great job of explaining Scripture and the foundations of Christian faith. My hope is that it will make our leaders hunger even more for the Word of God as they discover how God has called them to play a part in the story. We have an amazing team of leaders, and I’m really looking forward to this time with them.
As we prepare week to week to minister to preteens, we want our leaders to know why they believe what they believe and why they teach what we’ve asked them to teach. This knowledge of how we fit into God’s story is what makes their teaching and the Scriptures come alive to the students. My hope is that walking through this book with them will allow us all to grow in our faith as well as help us to encourage the faith of our students.
Here are some of the things that I want our leaders to contemplate and discuss:
How do we encourage preteens to discover who God is?
How do we lead preteens to discover who God has made them to be?
How does knowing our role in God’s “Big Story” help us to BE the church?
How do we empower preteens to share God’s “Big Story” with the world around them?
I can’t wait to see what God teaches me from this book and the discussions with our leaders. I’ll definitely be sharing more in the weeks to come.