WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? A Sunday School class is a multifunctional group of people, and one of those functions is caring for members. Group members need someone to lead them to care, meet needs, and provide support during difficult times. My hope is that your class has a Member Care Leader or someone leading those functions.
WHAT DO I DO? It is important for the Member Care Leader to organize the group to meet practical needs when they arise. Lead the group to…
- Contact regularly members to discover prayer needs and communicate those needs to the group.
- Prepare meals during a time of illness, crisis, or celebration–such as a birth of a child.
- Send birthday cards to the group members. A card can be encouragement
- Send handwritten notes when someone is going through as challenging times (ex. separation/divorce, financial crisis, family crisis, loss of job, etc.). Email and text are great, but a handwritten note is more personal
- Send flowers, sympathy cards, or get well cards–as appropriate–on the occasion of the death of a family member (ex. Grandparents, Spouse, Parents, siblings, child, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces) or for a surgery or hospital stay.
By leading them to care for each other, group members will learn how to extend the ministry of care as well.
Jonathan Jordan has been a State Missionary with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board since January 2010 and joined Groups and Faith Development in March 2013. Jonathan’s responsibilities small groups support, college and single adult ministry, web and social media, video training and event coordination.