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- Set the tone by welcoming. Be friendly. Share food. Before the group even starts, be prepared to ask questions individually that draw people out: where are you from, what do you like to do, etc.
- Expect some awkwardness at first. People are naturally a bit cautious when a group is getting started. Give people permission to feel that way, knowing it will get better.
- Don’t be weird. Don’t do things that will make people feel awkward, like asking people to share private things, or to touch each other, or to do some strange group exercise.
- Establish group ground rules in the first few weeks. A few ground rules help people understand how group members should treat each other, including things like confidentiality, listening to each other, and accepting each other non-judgmentally.
The relationship tone is so important to establish from the start.
See Also: Series for Small Groups