21 Do your best to get here before winter. (II Timothy 4:21 NIV)
This passage has been preached by many pastors. For Sunday School/Small Groups, it is imperative that we reach out when persons are missing and beyond. Paul knew that winter may be too late to console him before he died. We never know when someone will no longer be with us. Here are some thoughts:
Set up care groups. Every class/Small group should set up care groups. This is where a person has five to seven persons on their list to contact. (Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the beginning stages.)
Pray for your care group daily. Spend time each day praying for your people. About once a month call/e-mail them to discover their needs. You may be surprised at their responses as they see you care.
Get other church members involved. You may discover certain needs you can’t handle. Let the Pastor, deacons and others know (if not confidential, always ask.) Often people slip through the cracks and stop coming, because others don’t know.
Send cards on important days. Send a card on death anniversaries. Remember and contact them on birthdays and other anniversaries. You never know what encouraging word might help.