Since my small groups book Activate came out, I’ve gotten lots of questions about small groups and one of the most common is about childcare:
How should we handle childcare for our small groups?
I’ve written about this several times in the past – and the short answer is… you shouldn’t handle it! You should allow parents with children to handle it.
Here’s why: it’s a question of values – if people value groups enough (and the spiritual growth they experience and observe in those groups), they’ll solve their own childcare problem.
Quick example – if one of the couples in your church who “can’t” join a group because of the lack of childcare were to win an all expense paid vacation to their favorite resort but no children were allowed, I can assure you that they would figure out a solution!
Why? Because they value the resort gift enough, they will figure out childcare.
So, rather than getting elbow-deep in trying to figure out everyone’s childcare, you have to help your people value their small group so much that they’ll figure it out.
BTW – here’s some of what I’ve written on this topic in the past:
P.S. For the most comprehensive resource available to build your church’s Small Groups system, check out The Small Groups Intensive.
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