Week eleven: peace
PRE-RUN INSPIRATION (3-5 MINUTES)
Group Leader Speaking to Entire Group
Thanks for coming today. Before we start running, let’s take a moment to think like a runner to win life’s race. We’re going to do that today by thinking about peace.
You may not think of peace when you think about running. But when you come to the end of a run and accomplish your goal, you experience a sense of peace. Your work is done, and you’ve accomplished something important. You can take a break and rest with peace.
The Bible talks about how God gives us both strength and peace. This is what happens when we run as well. We grow stronger, and we enjoy peace.
Peace is a great blessing in our lives. Our lives are busy, and we often focus on the things we haven’t done, or the things on our to-do list. But God doesn’t want us to live in hurry or worry or stress. He created us to live in peace, with him and with us.
Are you experiencing peace in your life? If so, share what that peace looks like with someone else during the run. If not, think about an area of your life where you don’t feel peace, and consider what it might look like to find peace in that area.
(Say a brief prayer. After you pray, share any administrative details. Then start the run.)
ASSESSMENT TOOL GOAL: CREATE A LIST
At the Run
Before you leave the run, make sure you have contact information for every runner in attendance.
After the Run
Make sure you’ve entered all the information you’ve collected over eight weeks into your group’s Google doc.
Once you’ve completed this task, contact your club leader to tell him or her that everything is in the system.
CONNECTION STRATEGY TIPS
Make note of what runners say about finding peace, either in your Google doc or in another way. This may reveal a big part of their spiritual stories.
If you notice a runner during the run who looks preoccupied and seems to be thinking about peace, try to connect with that runner and ask what they thought about when they thought about peace. This may open the door to a larger spiritual conversation.
Encourage church members in your group to notice other runners as well, and see if spiritual conversations naturally emerge.