Here’s a powerful question you should be asking your M3 (small group) regularly:
“What can we do to…” and you fill in the blank. It’s especially effective to do this in response to the sermon that was just preached. For example, if the sermon was about the power of Scripture, it would be good to ask something like:
What can we do to make sure we’re all reading the Word? What can we do to become more consistent in our devotions?
But there are a multitude of good questions to be asking. Like
- What can we do to make the new people around here feel welcome?
- What can we do to help out that single mom?
- What can we do to become better at sharing our faith?
- What can we do to get to know each other better?
- What can we do to help each other stay pure?
- What can we do to meet this need in the church?
As the students begin to answer these questions, opportunities to teach and shepherd will abound. Talk about what our ultimate goals are, what the mission of the church is, what means God has given us to accomplish those things. With your guidance and oversight, run with their ideas.
This is powerful for several reasons.
First, it teaches them to think about ministry. Most students are not doing this yet. With your guidance, they will start imagining how they can use their gifting to serve others. All believers are to be engaged in the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12). This is how we help them think in those terms.
Second, it opens up new venues of creativity and gifting. The students who are saved have the Spirit’s indwelling and gifting, with different talents and abilities. They may think of doing things we could never have imagined.
Third, it gives them ownership. When they come up with the ideas they tend to be more passionate about them, and this enables grassroots ministry to flourish.