the other night all the middle school small groups from my church met together to launch a new series based on scot mcknight’s book, the jesus creed. actually, it’s an all-church thing (both a 6 week sermon series and an all-church small group focus).
at our middle school kick off, our middle school pastor got us thinking about slogans as a way of moving into the shema and the jesus creed (‘love the lord with all your heart, soul and mind, and your neighbor as yourself’). it was a creative way to make the transition — from product slogans and how they effect us; to creating our own small group slogan and “beliefs” that back it up; to the jewish idea of the shema and its impact on those who recite it first thing every morning and last thing every night; to the ‘love god, love others’ summary jesus offers.
anyhow, my group of five 8th grade guys came up with the following…
– every voice matters
– respect is earned
– maturity takes time
– snacks are best left until the end
– it’s best to fart outside
– “honesty, integrity, & crud”
(the “crud” has a double meaning: the face-value meaning of the junk in our lives and our group being a place to be honest about it, and a game our group likes to play from time to time.)