With schools opening their doors again and football kicking off at long last, that can only mean one thing–Fall is approaching. And just like these traditions of the Fall, this is when many churches launch new small groups as well. For those group leaders who will be hosting a new group, it’s always important to make a great first impression to the new group members. While you may know a few of the people in your group, preparing for the first meeting of a new group can be a bit nerve wracking, even for even the most seasoned group leader. In an effort to help coach you for that first meeting, here are the Top 5 Articles that will help you kick-off your first group together like an All Pro.
Getting complete strangers to not only talk to each other but make it seem unforced can definitely be challenging, however, this article provides practical tips that make connecting group members simple and fun.
Good coaches will often “script” the first few plays of a game to help the quarterback feel prepared and get a feel for the game. This article will give you an easy game plan for making your first small group gathering a great one.
This is another article to help prepare you for the first group meeting. This deals more with setting expectations and the desired outcomes during the first group meeting.
Inexperienced group leaders will focus on merely managing the meeting, staying on time, and answering all the questions from that week’s bible study. The group leaders that excel understand group time is more than a meeting, it’s about creating an experience. This will help you understand why that’s so important.
If you’ve ever wondered what the members of your group are thinking, this will help bring those thoughts to light. This will provide you with invaluable insight into what the people in your group might tell you, if they weren’t too afraid to say it.
What are some tips you have for making the first group meeting successful and helping the group leader make a great first impression?