You might be one of those people who simply KNEW from your earliest memory that you were a creative type. On the other hand, many of us do not regard ourselves as creative. There is a danger in that viewpoint, however, as we then tend to exempt ourselves from receiving creativity from God — the God who created everything from nothing! In Romans 8:11, Paul states that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. That same Spirit, the Spirit of God Himself, is the Spirit that was brooding over the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2) when God spoke the heavens and the earth into being. As a result, every believer in Jesus Christ has access to the creativity of God Himself God compensates for our lack in natural ability by activating His supernatural abilities in us!
In a media-oriented culture with webcasts and superb inspirational speakers available at the push of a button, we have somehow lost our capacity to cultivate authentic relationships. It seems most of us can access all manner of information perfectly well on our own. However, God did not design us for loneliness and isolation, but for relationship, first with Himself and then with one another. He longs to build us into a holy community where people are loved, included, and empowered by His Spirit. As we consider how to develop Aglow gatherings that will prove meaningful to all manner of individuals, we need to prioritize building friendships that last and validating the life and calling of each person. Our desire as leaders should be to facilitate the equipping of other leaders greater than ourselves.
As you seek God regarding the format of your meetings, start with prayer. Ask Him for a theme and a Scripture verse or two to support that theme. Your leadership team can pray together about how to develop that theme to enable your meeting attendees to participate in the process and receive God’s touch on that topic in a personal way. The possibilities for your gatherings are endless, restricted only to the time frame you have available for your particular gathering. You might use skits, worship events with Scripture readings, prayer sessions focused on a particular issue of concern to the group, interactive workshop activities, collaborative group projects with a purpose, or even Scripture interpretation activities.
The key is that Jesus should always be glorified, and people should be loved, validated, and included in the meeting as participants rather than merely passive recipients. The more everyone participates, the greater the chance your meeting will have a lasting spiritual and relational impact. This type of meeting requires more thought and planning than a meeting with a speaker, but the spiritual growth your group will gain will make your brainstorming worth the effort!
Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Keep in mind that these files serve as templates, in that you are free to adjust them to meet the needs of your group. It is our desire that some of these ideas (which come from real meetings that have already been tried and tested!) will serve as a springboard to launch you into a wealth of new, inventive formats for your meetings! Remember, Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on!”
International Vision: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vhhvqvp6azijrxw/International%20Vision.doc?dl=0
Love Expressed as Outreach (Low-Risk): https://www.dropbox.com/s/rhacdtpv3ziep09/Love%20%26%20Outreach%201.doc?dl=0
Multi-topic Intercessory Meeting (Just add Scriptures for each category): https://www.dropbox.com/s/zxbfziu1yz1sjxa/Intercessory%20Meeting.doc?dl=0
Focused Intercessory Meeting to End Human Trafficking (designated facilitators read verses and prompts; attendees add their prayers as the Holy Spirit directs): https://www.dropbox.com/s/us03bov3ehzah5f/Prayer%20Guide%20for%20the%20Sex%20Trafficking%20Industry.docx?dl=0
Targeting the Heart workshop: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vqby74oidf0rsql/Targeting%20the%20Heart.docx?dl=0
Would you like more ideas? Read our new “Outreach” page: https://easttexasaglow.net/resources/outreach-take-the-plunge/