Week Two: Hard to Start Alone

PRE-RUN INSPIRATION (3-5 MINUTES)

Group Leader Speaking to Entire Group

Thanks for joining us for this week’s run. Before we get going, we want to take a minute to focus on why it’s important to run connected. As you might remember if you were here last week, running together helps us go farther both in running and in life, and farther together > faster alone

One of the reasons that running connected is difficult is that it’s hard to get started on our own. We all know this is true. Few of us decide out of the blue to start running regularly, or to train for a marathon. We need others—a running group, a friend who will check in on how we’re doing, or even a friendly employee at the shoe store to help us pick the right shoe for our stride. The same principle is true in our lives. It’s hard to start a major lifestyle change on our own.  Whether it’s a weight loss plan, a goal to get a new job, or a decision to buy a new home or condo, we need help.

In the Bible, a guy named Gideon had trouble getting started. God picked Gideon to help the Israelites rise up against their evil enslavers, the Midianites. But Gideon didn’t think he could do it on his own. Instead of getting started, he asked lots of questions and expressed many doubts. First, God said, “I will be with you.” (God said this a lot in the Bible.) Then God helped Gideon pick a team of warriors to fight with him.  It’s hard to start alone. That’s why we run connected. As you run today, tell someone about a project or lifestyle change you’d like to start. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find someone who can help you get going.

 [say a brief prayer. after you pray, share any administrative details like the signup sheet. Then start the run.]


ASSESSMENT TOOL GOAL: BUILD YOUR LIST

At the Run

  • Make a note at the run of any new people and of which people returned from last week.
  • Get the contact information for any new people, following the pattern of last week.
  • Make sure you have the best contact for each runner.  If runners would prefer contact in another way, ask them to let you know

After the Run

  • Update your group's Google doc by adding any new people and contact information you collect.  
  • Add the following column to your group's Google doc:  "Use this column to add any other details you remember.  Make sure to note each person's attendance this week.
  • If a church member whom you didn't recruit has attended both weeks, touch base with that person and briefly share the goals behind the Connect Run club.  Talk to this person about how he or she can help you reach these goals.

CONNECTION STRATEGY TIPS

  • Follow up with any new runners, thanking them for joining you and inviting them back next week. Offer to answer any questions they may have.

  • Notice any connections between church members and new connections that are forming. Encourage church members who have started reaching out to and investing in people who are new to activities at your church.

  • Notice any connections between church members and new connections that are forming. Encourage church members who have started reaching out to and investing in people who are new to activities at your church.


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