Watch the video above and talk about it with a group or mentor. Learn more.
With a few simple tips in mind, you can succeed at creating a warm, welcoming environment for the small group meeting in your home.
- Remove distractions.
- Be friendly.
- Prepare refreshments.
- Set simple ground rules.
- Keep it basic.
The first commitment of a small group host is to open your home to your group. Remember that some of the people coming to your group don’t know you personally. And some have never been in a small group before.
See Also: Mentoring
Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- Tell us about a time when you were a newcomer among strangers. What was that like? What did someone do to help you feel welcome and at ease?
- What kind of things would feel distracting or unwelcoming to people entering a home for a small group?
- Share some tips for getting acquainted with people and remembering their names.
- Can you suggest other ground rules that would help people feel welcome and safe in your group?
- If you had to choose just two ground rules, which would they be, and why?
- What other questions do you have about helping people feel welcome in your small group?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This is part of the Small Group Host Training series.