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Three Reasons Small Group Christmas Parties Fail

3.     Making it too big a deal. Sometimes groups determine they want to make their Christmas party an event for the socially elite. People are expected to dress up, the meal demands every household bring massive amounts of their most alluring recipe, and everyone is to pick up a very special gift. The Christmas season is a very busy time of year. If group members have to rush home from work, cook a special dish or two, pick up a gift, and dress up, they’ll be too exhausted (or bitter) to enjoy the evening. If you’re going to create a Hollywood style experience either do the party on a Saturday or minimize the expectations.

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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.