It won’t be long before we start back full-force into small groups during the school year. We’re about to start registration asking students to be a part of an HSM Life Group and on the form we ask for basic information as well as do our best to divide up groups by these 4 main categories. Here are the breakdown of how we divide up groups:
HSM divides our small groups by gender – no exceptions to this rule. If you are a guy, you’ll be in a guy group. Girls = girls group. From time to time groups meet together and we do allow groups of different genders in the same home, but our groups are always divided by gender.
GRADE (as much as possible)
So now you’ve got 2 groups of students, guys and girls. Now what? There are four natural divisions in high school, so we try to put underclassmen together and upperclassmen together. That way, students can journey through similar life-stages together as well as be together longer through high school. The larger your ministry grows, the more specific groups you can have.
GEOGRAPHY (if we can)
Groups are split by gender and by grade, and now if possible, we group them together by geography. Often times this works naturally because students share the same high school, but sometimes geography is the one that has to give. To be in a gender and grade specific group, you might have to drive or be dropped off.
GUIDE (we try our best)
I should write “leader” here, but I wanted another “G” word. Lame, I know. Anyhow, we also ask students if they have a particular leader whose group they want to be a part of. We can’t always fulfill the request, but we try our hardest to make it happen. Problems come up with too many students ask for the same popular leader.