There are many various opinions when it comes to a Christian perspective of Halloween. Some stay far away from it. Others engage it. The purpose of this blog is not to sway you one way or the other (This blog will help you think through that). My objective is simple; I want to help encourage our church small groups/members to leverage this opportunity. As a church plant, many in our congregation are anxious to meet their neighbors. This is the one time of the year where all of them will come knocking on your front door. Therefore, how do we, as a church of small groups, leverage this opportunity and engage our neighborhoods? There are a few things I hope we will do this Halloween:
- Strategically Plan with Your Small Group: In my small group we have two specific families that live in fairly large neighborhoods. Our group of 17 is going to divide on Halloween night. Half of them will be in one neighborhood and half will be in another. They will set up a tent and table, make hot chocolate, pass out candy and church information cards, and most importantly, engage their neighbors. We believe this leverages our opportunity to impact more people. Also, our group currently meets in one of these neighborhoods. This is a great way to meet new people and invite them to attend the group. But, we do not have a group meeting in the other neighborhood. By sending people there we are living on mission. This is a great way to begin thinking about planting a new group in a new neighborhood. This is strategic thinking. We started discussing this the first week of October.
- Embrace Your Call to Live on Mission. At Restoration we believe, “Every member is on mission.” Gospel advancement and kingdom growth does not rest on the shoulders of our pastors and leaders alone. Every member of our church has a missional responsibility where they work, live, and play. There is no better time of the year to do this than Halloween. You can embrace your call to live on mission by inviting members of your group (or your church) to help you reach your neighbors. Also, make it a point to do something where you live. If something where to happen to one of your neighbors, would they turn to you? Would they know that you are a follower of Jesus who desires to love and minister to them? Let them know you are there and watch the Holy Spirit use you in unbelievable ways.
- No Group/Member Left Behind. I believe every group should leverage this opportunity to meet their neighbors. Sacrificial living is when we put aside our own desires in order to participate in the advancement of the gospel. There are few things that create unity and fellowship more than planning, participating, and praying together to reach the people where you are planted with the gospel. I assure you, God delights in seeing His people pray and think this deeply about His glory advancing. Every group/member should leverage this opportunity.
- Pray Like It Depends on God. I say this regularly, “Pray like it depends on God, because it does.” We need to put our knees to the gospel before we put our feet to the gospel. Pray with your group. Pray with your family. Pray alone. Ask God to use your efforts for His glory.
If you are not a part of a small group, this is a great time to jump on board. You can do that here!