Thank you for helping us form a new group at GroupLink. We are so grateful of your willingness to serve as a host for your group for the next six weeks. We are praying for you and want to help you along the journey! Here are some articles we thought could be helpful for you and you start hosting your new group. :
It happens. Lets talk about what to do when the level of your group commitments falls too low. Here are five things.
Before Your First Group Meeting . . .
I are excited about the new groups that were started from Group Connect this past week. I am most excited for two things: First, for new host that will host their groups for the next six weeks. I am excited to see what God will do in your and through your life as you host your groups. Second, for new people who connecting in groups for the very first time. I believe one of the core values of spiritual growth is connecting with others. I am excited and praising God for what He has in store for our new groups over the next six weeks.
I want to recommend three things to you can do before your first meeting to help your group start of on the right foot.
I believe doing these three things will your first group experience be successful.
A common question for many small groups is, “What do we do with the kids?” Some people think that children in the Group are a blessing, for others having kids present can be distracting, so it’s important that every Group member clearly understands the arrangements that their group has made for kids. There are typically three options for every group that faces this question of kids:
The information that follows will help your group jointly determine what steps will be taken to address the question of childcare. Because the safety of our children is so important, here are two important things to consider when arranging child care for your Small Group:
What is the agreed upon childcare approach for our group? (Possible Answers)
There are lots of things that happen in groups: the study of Scripture, praying for one another, eating food, serving each other, serving our community, and many other great things. I believe the most valuable aspect of groups though is the development of relationships with other people. I believe at the core what makes groups work is people connecting with one another.
As you are starting to host your new group over the next couple of weeks, I want to strongly encourage you to put most of your time and energy in building relationships in your groups. It is people relationship with you and others that is what is going to bring them back. So give yourself permission to focus on building relationships over the next couple months. The curriculum your group was given has opportunities to read and study the Bible together and to pray with one another. However, do not think you are your group is causally hanging out, eating together, or just having fun as a group as wasted time, instead this it is are valuable moments as group. They are important relational investments.
The Importance of A Group Agreement
Connection Group Guidelines
We Agree To The Following Values...
Clear Purpose To grow healthy, spiritual lives by building a healthy small group community
Group Attendance To give priority to the group meeting (call if I am absent or late)
Safe Environment To create a safe place where people can be heard and feel loved (no quick answers, snap judgments, or simple fixes)
Be Confidential To keep anything that is shared strictly confidential and within the group.
Conflict Resolution To avoid gossip and to immediately resolve any concerns by following the principles of Matthew 18:15-17 which begins with going directly to the person with whom you have an issue.
Spiritual Health To give group members permission to live a healthy, balanced spiritual life that is pleasing to God.
Welcome Newcomers To invite our friends who might benefit from this study and warmly welcome newcomers
Building Relationships To get to know the other members of the group and pray for them regularly.
We agree to the following items:
When we will meet (day of week) _________________.
Where we will meet (place)_________________ .
We will begin at (time) _________________ and end at ________________________.
We will do our best (some or all) to attend the following service together:
o Sat 5pm o Sun 9am o Sun 11am
Review date of this agreement _.