Here’s an example of how a leader may choose to plan out their group meeting. In planning out your meeting, remember to keep the main thing the main thing! Be wise with your time!
NOTE: Meeting begins at _______ and ends at ______.
Informal fellowship before meeting
Open in prayer
Introductions (if necessary)
Leader introduces topic
Time of worship in song, psalms, or scripture
Reading from related scripture
Leader summarizes / presents application
Outreach challenge given/discussed/planned by group
Share prayer requests
Close in prayer
Open Fellowship Time (with refreshments)
Most groups find it helpful to establish a group agreement among its members to clarify and communicate the mutually held values and guidelines of the group. This can be done early on in the life of a community group, so that from the beginning those attending are aware of the expressed expectations of the group. For example, the following values and statements may be helpful in setting some boundaries for the group.
What is shared in the group meetings should not be shared outside of the group.
While others are sharing, bless them by listening and not talking or interrupting. If there are differences, show the love of Christ to each other.
Honour your group by being on time for meetings. Honour your host homes by ending on time!