small group team adventure



































John Ward and I planned an unannounced outreach adventure 'mission possible'

50 leaders showed up for the usual small group connection which includes coffee, a meal, a short teaching and desert...

last night they showed up for the meal and soon discovered something was up...tables were loaded with outreach materials...it was fun to see the people look point and ponder...my presence at the meeting was a give away...

after the meal we explained the the concept, shared some outreach stories, commended them on their participation, and re redefined an outward focused church...

I gave them a hand out see below...and some directions and maps...they divided up into groups of 5, joined another group and headed to the designated strip malls..

when they returned they were very encouraged, one group had a great story from Hooters...the girls were blown away and laughed as the looked through the bag...one check out guy asked, 'did my mom send you?' at Pappa Johns pizza the servers were excited and grateful one of the teams walked past the window and viewed excited pats on the back...one group prayed for 4 people who needed prayer...one mom wept as her wayward son was prayed for...

it was a great night for all the small group leaders...they understood, in a new way, that leaders lead and outreach can be short, encouraging and up lifting...how do you begin to care? by being out there...

Your mission is to take gift bags to local strip mall stores:

Pack Bag
Grab a few friends
Grab a few bags
Drive to Strip Mall
Walk into store
Find a person working… you may ask for the manager
Smile and say, ‘Hi we are from the Vineyard a pretty good church in Beavercreek…we have a gift for you and the workers, pause for effect…we want to thank you for being part of our community…

Tip: meet in the middle: a few people start at one end and a few people start at the other end meet in the middle
Tip: if it is a large store give 2 bags…
Tip: every person in your group should have a chance to speak

Return to the Vineyard for desert and download…

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