My husband and I, and our two kids, have just moved from sunny Brisbane down to Sydney. It’s the middle of winter and the cooler weather is taking some time to adjust to! In the front yard there are a number of evergreens, and one huge tree with bare branches.
I have no idea yet whether this tree is alive or not. It could be that it is just dead wood. And yet, I find myself daily looking up at the branches, searching for signs of life. I am desperately hoping that it is just in “winter mode” and will burst forth with new growth in spring.
If your MOPS group was a tree, what would it look like? Are the signs of life evident in your group?
Healthy, thriving MOPS groups come in different shapes and sizes, but their Leaders have a number of things in common:
- Leaders who are committed Christians, and who are proactive about their own spiritual growth outside of MOPS. They cover MOPS meetings with prayer.
- Leaders who love MOPS! They are there because they really believe “better mums make a better world” rather than out of any sense of obligation.
- Leaders who keep it real. They laugh together, cry together, and don’t bother with masks.
- Leaders who create an atmosphere of warmth. They make others (even first-timers) feel welcome and at ease.
- Leaders who build community. They understand the value of relationships and help mums to connect with each other.
- Leaders who serve joyfully. They are happy to set up tables, happy to make you a cuppa, happy to wash up dishes, happy to cuddle a colicky baby… happy to serve.
- Leaders who tap into the wider work of MOPS. They learn from other Leaders at RTDs, Conferences, and online.