“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25 NLT)

We want to leverage the holidays for discipleship, not lose discipleship during the holidays.

Three ways we can leverage the holidays for discipleship:

1. Plan ahead.

  • When we fail to plan, we plan to fail.

  • Look at upcoming dates and plan around them. (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, etc.)

  • Plan outreaches, dinners, and parties in advance. So you can let the group and those you are reaching out to know ahead of time for scheduling purposes.

  • Consider doing things with other Grace Groups so you can create community with others in the church.


2. Leverage what you already have to do.

  • Include evangelism and discipleship into the things you are already doing.

  • Not adding more, but being purposeful and inclusive with what you have to do.


3. Fight to keep meeting.

  • Do your best to meet consistently. Cancelling group is the LAST resort.

  • Think outside the box. Be willing to change the day and time so that MOST can make it.

  • Consider having a “recapture”, another pocket to get those who couldn’t make group. Allow your apprentice to lead group on a different day.


Upcoming Holidays:

Saturday, November 11 – Veterans Day

Thursday, November 23 – Thanksgiving Day

Friday, December 22 to Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Weekend Services

Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day

Sunday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve


Discipleship Questions:

  • Look at a calendar. What plans does your Grace Group have to leverage discipleship during the upcoming holidays? What are some ideas that you can do as a Grace Group?

  • Reflect and share experiences of successful activities done as a grace group.

  • What can you do personally to leverage the holidays for evangelism?