Sooner or later, it happens to every group. You're moving along just fine—and then the blahs strike. The people in your group bore you. Scripture is dry as dust. Your prayers all land in the ceiling corner with the cobwebs. If the blahs linger, people start dropping out of the group. What can you do? In his book, Real Small Groups Don't Just Happen, Neal McBride suggests these blah busters. Try one or two in your group.
- Suspend your usual format or agenda for two or three weeks, and do something entirely different. Brainstorm by asking group members, "What is something you've always to do with this group?"
- Go on a weekend retreat. Escape as a group for fun and relaxation.
- Change your setting by switching to a new location. If you've been meeting at the church building, meet in a home. If you're tired of meeting in homes, meet in a restaurant. If weather permits, meet outdoors.
- Tackle a worthwhile project together. Commit to helping every Saturday for a month at a homeless shelter. Or volunteer as a group to staff the church nursery.
- In extreme cases, take a month off. Sometimes absence does make the heart grow fonder.
- Meet with another group for several weeks. Study a particular topic together or watch and discuss a video series.
- Switch how you learn. If you've always done Bible studies, try a video series or a book. If you've always studied books of the Bible, try doing a topical study or character study.