Getting Your Group StartedPosted: 13 Sep 10 | By: NG Team
Whether you’ve had a New Generation group for a while, heard about the concept for the first time during the summer, or been thinking about starting a group but never dared to take the step before…, right now you have the opportunity to make a fresh, new start! We can’t think of a better way to start the academic year than to set up, or relaunch, the New Generation group in your school. A good way to begin is for the group to organise a first meeting where you get as many Christians together as possible and work out what you want to do. Here are a few ideas you can include:
1. Advertise your first meeting everywhere! Posters, a presentation at assembly, the school’s TV screens, flyers, and visits to the new forms in school are all good ways to get the word out. Just use whatever possibilities you have in your school. Don’t forget that a large percentage of the people in your school or college are new, and it’s very likely that some are Christians who’d like to be involved in the New Generation group, but they need to know it exists first!
2. Start the meeting with cookies and getting to know each other. Let everyone introduce themselves, and if there are new people in the group it’s really important that they feel included from the beginning.
3. Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-29. Remind yourselves that God loves you, believes in you, and wants to use you in your school or college – no matter how it feels, and no matter how many or how few you are, or what you have or haven’t done in the past.
4. Pray a prayer for your New Generation group and for the school. Pray for a good academic year and that God will impact all students and that he’s going to give you ideas about what you can do in just your school.
5. Talk together about how you can best get started with the group, and what things you want the group to do. Talk about whether you want to meet and pray a couple of times in the beginning or start with a big outreach. Also talk about how you can make your group more visible and how you can share your faith in school in different ways.
6. Work out if there’s a particular day when you want to do an outreach? There’ll be lots of tips for special days on NG+ that we’re launching on the 1st October. Remember that it’s easier and more effective to do many small outreaches rather than one big one, and that everything gets easier if you plan ahead and divide the tasks between you.
7. Write down the names, mobile numbers, and email addresses of everyone in the group and decide a day, time and place for the next meeting. If it’s possible to meet the same time every week that’s the absolute best!
8. If your friends that aren’t believers come to the first meeting you can talk a bit about why Jesus came to earth and died for us. A good couple of good Bible verses to use are John 3:16 and Revelation 3:20. They both talk about Jesus’ love for us and his longing to have relationship with non-believers.
Remember, if you get stuck, just give us a call or send an email and we’ll be happy to help!