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Tony Brooks: 4 Ways to Prepare for Time Away from Your Sunday School Class/Small Group

Posted: 6/5/18 at 7:40am. Post by Tony Brooks.

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. (Mark 6: 30-32 NIV)

All of us need some time away to rest, renew, and spend time with family. Having been away over the weekend with family for a wedding, I was reminded of the need for vacation as well as spiritual renewal. Here are some ways to prepare:

  1. Help yourself prepare for time away. If you are a teacher, I want to encourage you to be mentoring someone else to teach each year. You are to disciple others to do just that! Give them the chance to teach while you are away. It is best to meet with them a few weeks ahead of time to prepare them. You will be a better teacher when you have time for rest and renewal!
  2. Help prepare class members for time away. Encourage them to take time away with family and close friends. If they really feel led to be a part of the class while on vacation, Skype them in. Otherwise encourage them as a family/friends to have their own lesson together wherever they are. Ask them about their experience when they return.
  3. Pray for families while they are away. Send them a note, email, text, or Facebook message to let them know you are praying for them (for rest and renewal.) Feel free to do so a few days ahead and ask them for other ways to be praying for them while they are away.
  4. Vacation/retreat together for bonding/community building! I know we often think of retreats as being for children, youth, and college students. Why? Why not once every 2-5 years, offer a retreat option for a weekend for your class/small group and their family members? You may be amazed at the life-long bonding that will take place when it your retreat time together is intentional.

Jesus knew the value of getting away with his disciples for rest and renewal. If Jesus saw the need, so should we!

Brooks-TonyTony Brooks is our Sunday School/Discipleship Specialist and Field Strategist for the Southside Region. You may email him at tony.brooks@bgav.org. Follow Tony on Twitter: @TonyBrooks7