10 Practical Tips for Leading a Small Faith Sharing Group
Small faith sharing groups or discipleship groups can be a great way for participants and the leader to grow in readiness to evangelize. Here are 10 tips to help your small group be a great place where missionary disciples are formed!
1. Keep it small! Do not allow the group to be larger than six participants. That way, everyone has time to share!
2. Prepare in advance! Prepare by reviewing discussion material and praying for group members and the group discussion.
3. Be hospitable! Create a welcoming environment with a comfortable meeting space and providing simple snacks and drinks.
4. Check in! Provide time for checking in with each member by doing something such as sharing “high, low, and/or God moments” from the week.
5. Begin with prayer! Start and end each meeting with prayer inviting the Lord into these moments with your group.
6. Establish boundaries! Help the group in forming “rules” to promote fruitful discussion for all such as no judging and allowing all to speak.
7. Respect time! Allow the Holy Spirit to direct the group but be respectful of time by keeping the group on topic and moving through the plan of meeting.
8. Focus on the goal! The goal is to help the group members grow in love for Christ and His Church and to grow as missionary disciples. While socializing is good for growing friendship, the primary focus should be growing in faith. Do not let the bulk of your time be spent in socialization.
9. Avoid things that hinder the goal! Avoid gossip and negativity. This hurts the overall mission of the group. Avoid allowing the group to function as spiritual direction or counseling session. If needed, point members in the right direction to an appropriate professional at an appropriate time. Avoid controversial topics and debate, as a small faith sharing group is not the best place for this type of discussion.
10. Encourage the group! Encourage openness and honesty. Encourage respect of each other. Encourage confidentiality. Encourage group members to pray and grow outside of the group. Encourage members to share the way the Lord is moving in their lives with others.
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.