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5 EASY Ways to Serve Your Community

Groups should be “missional.”

While there are many definitions of the term, one thing seems to be an expectation of any group that is being missional, meeting the needs of and caring for those who are not in the group and/or live near where the group meets.


Below you’ll find five gospel-centered acts almost any group can do together, things that will not only create a substantial bond between group members when carried out, but will also exhibit the love of Christ.

1. Find out if there is a single mom living near where the group meets. Pool the group’s resources and pay for her to get a makeover or a massage.

If she’s open to it, babysit for her while she’s gone. If she won’t allow your group to watch her children, pay for the babysitter of her choosing.


2. Surprise a widow or widower living in the neighborhood where the group meets by mowing, trimming and cleaning up his or her lawn.

3. When the local high school has a prom, pool your resources and anonymously pay for some girl whose parents can’t afford for her to have the makeover, clothes, etc. … that other girls will get.

Pay for her entire prom experience.

4. When someone in the neighborhood where the group meets, a nonbeliever whom someone knows, is sick, take dinner to the family at least two days.

5. When Easter rolls around, the group could host an Easter Egg Hunt for the entire neighborhood.  

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Rick has one passion… To see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.” He is presently pursuing this passion as the Small Group and Discipleship Specialist at LifeWay Church Resources. Rick has authored or co-authored multiple books, studies, and leader training resources including A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small Group Dynamic, Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual, The Gospel and the Truth: Living the Message of Jesus, Small Group Life Ministry Manual: A New Approach to Small Groups, Redeeming the Tears: a Journey Through Grief and Loss, Small Group Life: Kingdom, Small Group Kickoff Retreat: Experiential Training for Small Group Leaders, and Great Beginnings: Your First Small Group Study, Disciples Path: A Practical Guide to Disciple Making. Rick’s varied ministry experiences as an collegiate minister, small group pastor, teaching pastor, elder, full-time trainer and church consultant, as well as having been a successful church planter gives him a perspective of church life that is all-encompassing and multi-dimensional. Rick is a highly sought after communicator and trainer.