Group Evaluation and Celebration

Plan to conclude your year with your group in a positive way.

Plan on bringing your group to a positive conclusion this year. Here are some suggestions to help your group celebrate the good things God did in your midst.

Growth

Have each person share one area where they experienced growth in the past year. Then have them share how they would like to continue growing in the next three months. Pray about each person’s past and future growth.

Praying Scripture

Using Scripture, pray specifically for each person in your group. Ask God to lead you to particular passages for each person.

Clean the "Slate"

Provide an opportunity for people to admit where they have failed the group or individual members. (This works best if the leader goes first). Respond with an abundance of grace and forgiveness.

Memorial stones

Bring enough rocks for everyone in the group. Have each person pick one. Read Joshua 4 or tell the story and read a few verses in summary. Have each person tell ways they have seen God’s faithfulness, and place their rock on the growing pile. Conclude with a prayer of thanksgiving.

Love Bombardment

Each group member gets a chance to be "it". Give the rest of the group the opportunity to finish this sentence: "One thing I have appreciated about you this year is … "

Group Appreciation

This time it’s the group as a whole we are appreciating. Give each member the opportunity to finish this sentence: "One thing I have appreciated about our group this year is … "

Effective group closure also involves honest evaluation and planning. Following are some questions your group can discuss. You can have your group rate from 1 to 10 anything for which you desire feedback. Hand out questions to each group member. Give everyone time to fill ...

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