Week seven: transformation
PRE-RUN INSPIRATION (3-5 MINUTES)
Group Leader Speaking to Entire Group
Thanks for joining us for our run today. Before we begin, let’s think like a runner to win life’s race by focusing on transformation.
One of the main reasons people run is that they want to change. They want to get healthier, or lose weight, or start a new routine. What change do you hope to see from running? <get responses>
The Bible talks about change this way: don’t conform to the world, but be transformed. That’s what happens when we run. Instead of falling victim to trends like obesity and sedentary lifestyles, we experience positive transformation in our lives. When we quit conforming, we can change for the good.
So today, as you run, talk about the ways you have already seen change since our run club began. Talk about the change you’d still like to see. Use that change to motivate you as you run.
(Say a brief prayer. After you pray, share any administrative details. Then start the run.)
ASSESSMENT TOOL GOAL: CREATE A LIST
At the Run
Today’s pre-run inspiration focuses on transformation. This provides a great starting point to begin to get a feel for anyone in your group who longs for deeper transformation in their lives—change only Christ can cause.
As you have conversations with runners, identify anyone who seems to hunger for this kind of change. This may be someone whose heart the Holy Spirit is stirring.
After the Run
Make a note of which runners seem to be open to the gospel in the group’s Google doc. You don’t have to follow up with all of them this week, but making a note helps provide visibility into lives where the Holy Spirit is at work.
CONNECTION STRATEGY TIPS
If you encounter a runner longing for transformation in his or her life, follow up during the week. Have coffee or lunch and find out more about where this person is. If it’s appropriate, explain the gospel to that person.
Encourage other church members in your group to follow this same plan.
If you know of resources in your church or in your community that can help a runner achieve the change he or she expressed, offer to connect the runner to that change.
Make a note of the change that runners are hoping for, either in your Google doc or in another way.