Ideas and suggestions are already coming in. I also spoke with a man who plans on participating, telling him what I’m thinking about doing, and it really soothed some worries. Here is what he said,
I don’t care what we do. Anything is fine, ’cause I just want to get together with you guys.
What a relief. That is something I really needed to hear. I was getting worried about how it was going to go, but now I realize my brothers and sisters just want to be together. I’m not the only one who wants this to succeed.
I also wanted to post the comments from Jason Vana that I mentioned in my last post. Jason said;
– Share your heart for what you want your small group to become. Pretty much, share your vision and reason for the small group.
– Ask your members what THEY want from the group and why they are coming.
– Get people involved. The more you get others involved, the more likely they will keep coming. Things like asking couples/individuals to bring snacks, choose songs for worship, write down prayer requests and email them to the group so people can pray during the week.
– Ask questions. The benefit of a small group is that everyone can contribute, instead of just one person talking. Don’t try to come up with messages, come up with discussions. Ask questions. Leave time for uncomfortable silence. Get people talking.
– Pray. Before the group, after the group, even have people pair off (or in groups of 3 or 4) and pray for each other during group. People tend to open up a lot when they are asked what they need prayer for.
Jason also made a statement early in his comments about choosing what to focus on. Is it on being an extension of the Sunday morning service or is the focus on building relationships? I choose the latter. Thanks again Jason and Alan. See Alan’s here.