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- Remove distractions. Think in advance of things that will make your guests feel awkward.
- Offer some refreshments. Food helps people relax.
- Be friendly. Acknowledge a guest right away with a greeting. Make eye contact. Smile. Ask a few simple, non-threatening questions to break the ice.
- Give them some space. In a new setting, people need time to check things out and get comfortable. Don’t be pushy.
- Explain what’s going on. Every group has its normal ways of doing things. These seem obvious to the members, but don’t assume that a newcomer will know what comes next.
- Don’t be weird. Some things that groups do make guests feel awkward.
- Think about how you would feel. Think about the kind of help you wish you had, as well as the things people did that were not helpful.
- Invite people back. At the end of the meeting, make sure your guests know that you were glad to have them and that you would love to have them come back.
1 Peter 4:9 (ESV) Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
See Also: Discipleship Culture