God stories are just that—stories about when the supernatural God intersects with our lives. When Lisa had to tell her boss we were leaving, she was a bit nervous about bringing up the subject. As if to show God's sense of humor, when she approached her boss, he was wearing something that just had to be a sign from God—a Denver Broncos T-Shirt!
Silent prayers. Take time to be still and listen. Give group members time to silently commune with God.
Solitude moments. Have a small-group meeting during which members are asked to go away by themselves with their Bible for an hour. This can be done outside in a park setting or just in a home by allowing members to go to different parts of the house and then come back together and share with other members of the group. Or release members while they are still in a contemplative mood.
Meditation. Meditate on passages of Scripture. Perhaps provide gropu members with paper and pens to write their thoughts after meditation.
Fasting. Encourage group members to go on a two- or three-day group fast—whether from food or an activity. Be available to support each other during the week via e-mails and phone calls.
—Adapted from Small Groups with Purpose by Steve Gladen, published by Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, copyright 2011. Used by permission. All rights to this material are reserved. Material is not to be reproduced, scanned, copied, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without written permission from Baker Publishing Group.