A 4-week experiment

Jen Bradbury
Oct 30 · 5 min read

This year in my youth ministry, I wanted to try utilizing student-led small groups.

Notice the operative word there: TRY.

In theory, I believe that student-led small groups are a good idea.

Yet, in reality, I feared they would prove disastrous.

Leaders might not take preparing for them seriously.

They could also foster harmful social dynamics between teens.

Knowing this, I wanted to make it clear that a willingness to try student-led small groups in no way meant a permanent attachment to them.

The key to this has been intentionally talking about our foray into student-led small groups as an experiment.

You see, despite how resistant to long-term change people are, they are, I've found, generally willing to experiment with something for a limited time period.


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