How might we enrich the group's life by "interrupting" typical meetings?
Routines need interruptions
Groups that meet regularly thrive with a routine that creates a feeling of safety. But never deviating from the routine can make it stale, stalling a group’s learning and development. Routines need interruptions -- new experiences that refresh the normal rhythm of a group’s life.
What do interruptions look like?
Interruptions can be as simple as inviting a guest to share with the group, traveling together, extending the meeting from a few hours to an overnight retreat or inviting families to attend. The group might take on an interesting task or project together. Members might read a book, visit a museum or see a movie.
Almost any interruption can be helpful when thoughtfully prepared and executed. Previous peer group participants report vocational renewal and a fresh sense of creativity sparked through a stimulating mix of practices, resources and conversations that blend the practical, the intellectual and the spiritual. Interrupting meetings with interdisciplinary activities, events and experiences can help participants cross imaginative borders and make new, creative connections with their ministries.
Timing an interruption
Timing interruptions is an art. Groups that meet annually are themselves a form of interruption to the routines of life. Groups that meet monthly might consider an annual or semiannual interruption.
Facilitators and members should gauge the energy and attendance of the group. If either begins to wane, one can ask about the need for an interruption. The group can determine what would be beneficial.