For Mission Groups, this is the second-to-last meeting of our first 6-week session! Spark Groups go through the end of the study, so this is third-to-last. Have a great week in your circles, and keep connecting people well!
DEALING WITH THE UNEXPECTED
If we are doing our job right, and creating a space where people feel safe enough to share what they really think and feel, then sometimes they'll see say something that doesn't quite sit right.
Whether it's something that can't be found as true in the Bible, something that is clearly unhealthy, or SOMETHING ELSE, there are a few things to know in the moment that will help you keep the discussion on track.
VALIDATE THEIR EXPERIENCE
No matter what someone says about God, life, people, or anything else... our main job remains to keep the room safe. Make sure to validate their experience and where they're coming from. God is patient with us, and even though it can be hard not to correct things... we have to be patient too. The most important thing to do first is understand where they're coming from. It could sound something like...
- I've been there too, I know how that feels.
- That sounds really hard, I'm sorry you have been through that.
- Thanks for sharing your experience, I know that's not easy.
- What makes you think that? Have you always felt that way?
PUT THE STATEMENT IN ITS PLACE
In our group statement, we say each week, "we look together to the Bible for help and guidance", which means it's built in that we share our experiences, and the Bible is where we find truth. So after validating their experience, there are a few things you can say to help the whole room understand and contextualize what was said:
- Where did you learn that, or hear it for the first time?
- Have you read anything about that topic in the Bible before?
how we can "make space" right now!
With the recent building updates, we've all heard that Mission is on "hold" when it comes to really tangibly making more space for our friends to find and follow Christ. But there are lots of small ways we can keep making space, and we can do them right now!
move to the edge services
If you're not on a Sunday volunteer team and you're not attending with someone you're inviting, consider attending the 8:30 AM or 6:00 PM service! They have much more space than the 10 and 11:30 and EVERY seat matters in those services... we've been well over capacity several times in the last month in those services!
park on the edges
For someone who is new to Mission, unsure of whether they should be there, potentially hauling kids in for the first time, and probably a few minutes late, the last thing they want to do is drive around the parking lot for a few extra minutes. Especially is you're at the 10 or 11:30, consider getting those extra steps in and parking at the far edge of the parking lot, or for bonus points, on the street behind the building!
join a Sunday volunteer team
It may sound unrelated, but each of our volunteer teams are essential to the "street to seat" experience that we want to create for each person at Mission. And with more people attending, we need more volunteers to keep creating that experience! Whether it's the Mission Host Team, Mission Kids, the Production Team, or something else... each team is always looking to add great people a few times a month!