How to Motivate Your Small Group to Serve

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One primary goal of the Christian life and of small groups should be to become more like Jesus. And one thing that characterized Jesus' life was service. In this post, Anne Cody, Director of Group Life at Trinity Church in Lansing, MI, gives encouragement, motivation, and step-by-step tips on how to lead your small group to serve together.

Let's listen as Anne offers practical tips on how to motivate our groups to serve.

Take a moment to think through Anne's three points: Who will you serve, when will you serve, and why will you serve. Jot down a few of your ideas here.
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This whole concept of serving together as a small group may be new to you or the members of your group. Often people join a small group to build relationships and make friends—which is good—but there needs to be a deeper purpose for your group. If your group has never served together before, it can seem like a daunting task. Take a moment to look at this video which will hopefully encourage you.

You might consider showing this video to your group to inspire them to participate and to generate some ideas.

You can download "Defining Success In Service" by searching the title, click "Download Illustration."

Serving others does cost us something, but it's so worth it! Anne mentions the "why" as her last point, but it may be a good idea to introduce this whole idea of serving to your group by explaining the "why" up front. Few things bond a group together as strongly as does serving together!

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