Stay Connected Through the Summer

Stay Connected Through the Summer

Make the most of summer—whether or not you take a break.

What should your small group do over summer? When the weather gets warmer, kids get a break from school, and church schedules loosen up, your small group has a unique opportunity to grow. But that doesn't mean just doing the same things you've been doing. For some, taking a break is a great idea. For others, consistent meetings are the best course. Still others will meet on a special schedule just for the summer.

Whatever you do, help your small group make the most of the summer with unique activities and a special emphasis on staying connected—even if you don't see each other every week. This training tool will help you decide what your group should do during the summer. Plus, you'll gain important tips on staying connected and making the most of the summer months. With these tools, you'll head into the fall stronger than ever. For a sample from this training tool, read "Does Your Small Group Need a Vacation?"

For a sample from this training tool, read "Does Your Small Group Need a Vacation?"

How to Use This Resource

To Meet or Not to Meet?

Does Your Small Group Need a Vacation?
How to tell if and when you need to take a break
Mark Ingmire

The Pros and Cons of a Summer Break
And why it's best to maintain some kind of connection as a group.
Michael C. Mack

Should My Small Group Take a Summer Break?
Use these questions to decide.
Rick Howerton

Stay Connected

Connect Throughout the Summer
Practical ideas to help carry your group's momentum into September
Sheila Ely

Use Social Media to Connect Through the Summer
Facebook can keep group members close—even if you don't meet as often.
Amy Jackson

Take Your Group Public This Summer
Learn how going out into the community can keep your group refreshed and useful at the same time.
Reid Smith

Make the Most of Your Summer Break
Take your group beyond typical meetings for a season.
Eric Bryce-Johnson

Share Your Personal Stories
Grow closer together and learn more about God by spending time sharing extended personal stories.
Amy Jackson

Restart with a Bang
Don't let a summer break turn into a sluggish fall for your group.
Robert Damon


Summer Calendar

Total number of pages - 28

You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies of this resource within your local church.

  • Acrobat PDF Document
  • SMG-BSG030-D