Left Out by Ronald Long
If we’re going to be reaching out to students and showing them we care, then we need to be contacting them when they miss a small group session. We need to show them that it matters to us when they aren’t around. Even if we miss a week or two of contacting them, we can’t let a student go a month without hearing from us.
If a student doesn’t feel missed, they won’t come back. I’ve seen it happen.
Don’t let this important part of leading a small group get away from you. Otherwise you’ll find yourself without a small group to minister to!
Here’s what you can do to make sure students get contacted when they are missed (before you even dismiss from small group!):
- Arrange for one specific student who is present to contact another specific student who is absent. Keep that up until you’ve covered every student who missed.
- Send out a text at the end of small group saying you missed the student who isn’t there. That way you don’t get to doing something else and forget later.
- Have your students write a postcard for each person who missed and address them. Put them in the mail (after you stamp them!) that same day so you don’t lay them down and forget them.
- Have everyone call an absent student right then to see why they’ve missed (it may be something you need to know about!) and let them know you hope they come back next week.
Show students they matter to you. Contact them when they miss small group.