08 December 2010 ~ 3 Comments

Highs and Lows

Every small group I work with always opens with highs and lows; what was the best part of your week and what was the worst part of your week.

Kids are at first a little taken back by the question and it takes a little teeth pulling by the leader to get anywhere, but it doesn’t take long until they walk into the meeting room and say “I have a high, I want to go first!!!”

Highs and lows are about more than complaining or bragging.  When we share our highs and lows we are sharing prayer requests, we are talking about the work of God in our life, and we are naming the places in our life that are painful.  In addition, it’s a very structured way to stay away from the “curriculum” for the first couple of minutes.

Here are a few keys I’ve found to highs and lows over the years.

  • check in on past highs and lows, especially big ones (friend in hospital, etc)
  • You need to be pretty stern about sharing only one of each, otherwise kids go nuts
  • Highs and lows are a great place to call kids by name, and important way to say “you matter”
  • Think hard about sharing your own.  The group will follow your lead on what you share.  Be careful about what is appropriate (too open).

3 Responses to “Highs and Lows”

  1. Paul 9 December 2010 at 12:29 am Permalink

    Great thought! I especially love how this helps leaders stay away from being trapped by a curriculum.

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