Week six: courage
PRE-RUN INSPIRATION (3-5 MINUTES)
Group Leader Speaking to Entire Group
Welcome to our weekly run. Before we take off, let’s take a moment to think like a runner to win life’s race. We’re going to focus today on courage.
We don’t always think of it this way, but running takes courage. It takes courage to start a couch to 5K plan, or to train for your first marathon. It takes courage because it’s a risk. You might not complete your goal race. Training might be harder than you ever imagined. Your body might not be able to handle it.
For some of you, showing up to our running group was a risk. Maybe it was risky because you didn’t know anybody, or because you’d never tried to keep up with experienced runners before.
Stepping into the unknown and facing risks like this take courage. That’s one of the great things about running—it teaches you this kind of courage.
In the Bible, in Numbers chapters 13 and 14, Joshua and Caleb were guys with great courage. They were 2 of 12 spies sent to scout out a country God had told the Israelites to conquer. Ten of the spies came back and said it was too risky, but Joshua and Caleb had the courage to face the fight. They are great pictures of how courage faces risk and rises to the challenge.
Our running group is a place where we practice courage together, and where we celebrate each other’s courage. As you’re running today, learn something new about someone else’s story, so you can celebrate his or her courage.
(Say a brief prayer. After you pray, share any administrative details. Then start the run.)
ASSESSMENT TOOL GOAL: CREATE A LIST
At the Run
As mentioned above, you’re going to encourage runners to find out a little bit more about each other’s stories. Use this opportunity to try to connect with runners you haven’t spent much time with.
Sharing stories of courage will unveil some places where group members have a fight on their hands. As you celebrate the runner’s courage, ask if there are any other ways you can support him or her.
After the Run
Record some key details from the stories you’ve heard in the group’s Google doc. Focus on recording the places where you church can support someone in the group.
If there are specific ministries in your church that can help support a runner, refer them. Make sure you get the runner’s permission before doing this.
CONNECTION STRATEGY TIPS
Encourage the church members in your group to send you highlights of the stories of courage they’ve heard.
Add these stories to the Google doc as well.
If there’s a place where a runner needs encouragement to continue showing courage, or a place where a runner is showing great courage, make a note of it, either in the Google doc or in another way. This will help you continue to encourage and uplift runners through the rest of your run club season.