Find a nice picture from a magazine or calendar, cut it out and paste the picture on a piece of cartolina or illustration board. Then cut it into pieces like a jigsaw puzzle; be sure you have the exact number of pieces as the number of members in your group. Send one piece to each person, with instructions to bring that piece to the next meeting. Or, if the members are complete during your meeting now, give them each a piece of the puzzle to bring to the next meeting.
In the next meeting as your members arrive, ask them to place their pieces into the puzzle. When it’s time to start the AGM (action group meeting), examine the puzzle together. Are all the pieces in place? You may see that even the pieces that “showed up” may be isolated and unattached, making them more prone to fall out of the picture altogether.
Whether your puzzle ends up fully assembled or woefully incomplete, you’ve laid the basis for a spirited discussion on 1 Corinthians 12, about “one body, many parts” being the oneness of the body of Christ.
This is a fresh way to visualize the importance of each member in your group, even if they only feel like a small piece of God’s puzzle.
Adapted from DJPlus, No. 134, 2003, Ideas for More Effective Ministry.