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It's hard for a group to recover from a weak start. Check out principles for how to get a group started well.

Key Points:

  • Invite, invite, invite. Don’t sit back and wait for people to find you. Don’t expect a church-wide announcement to do the trick. 
  • Start as a team. The strongest group launches begin with a team.
  • Keep it simple. Don’t make the group complicated. Newcomers don’t know what to expect. Keeping the group simple helps people not to feel intimidated. 
  • Plan the agenda. Decide how much time you want to spend on each element of the meeting: fellowship, lesson, prayer, planning, etc.

Quote This:

You only really get one chance to start your new group, and it can be hard for a group to recover from a weak start.

See Also: Discipleship Culture

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Why do you think personal invitations are so important in starting a new group? What can you do if you don’t know many people?
  3. How is a group that starts with a leadership team stronger than a group you might start by yourself?
  4. Describe ways to make sure a newcomer doesn’t feel awkward or intimidated.
  5. Talk about the elements of a typical group meeting and how much time each one should be given.
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.