TIPS FOR LEADING A SUCCESSFUL SMALL GROUP
- Consider partnering with a co-leader to help share the responsibility of caring for and leading your group.
- Connect with the group participants outside of group time through phone, email, text, social media, or face-to-face. Encourage your group to connect with each other throughout the week too.
- Have fun through laughter and by creating an enjoyable environment.
- Respect people’s time by beginning and ending your group on time.
- Invite your group to attend church services and events like First Wednesday with you.
- Rally the group around a participant going through a crisis. Use wisdom and be sensitive
HOW TO CREATE GOOD GROUP DYNAMICS
- Set clear expectations. A key to helping people feel comfortable in your group is to let them know what to expect. Take time to share how the group will flow from week to week. This can include things like explaining the times you will begin and end the group how discussion or group activities will happen, and you can share prayer requests or best engage in the group.
- Follow the 70/30 rule. Give the members of your group room to speak up instead of doing all the talking yourself. About 70% of talking should come from the group and 30% (or less) from the leader.
- Keep the discussion positive. If a conversation takes a negative or destructive turn, guide it back to a healthy place. If someone needs to talk about a sensitive or complex issue, you can follow up with them after the group of call your coach to help you respond well.
- Keep the conversation relevant to everyone. Remember people in your group will be at different places spiritually. Be thoughtful when you talk about spiritual concepts or church terms that might be unfamiliar to new Christians or new church-goers.
- Respect boundaries. Men should minister to men and women to women. A couple may minister to a single person. We want to maintain integrity and purity in our Small Groups. These boundaries will help protect the leaders and group participants from entering into an uncomfortable or inappropriate situation.