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Leading A Small Group FAQ’s

How Can I Grow My Group?

It is helpful to remember that in order to help others grow we must first grow ourselves. So, make your own growth a priority. Continue growing as a disciple of Jesus and in your leadership and you will see your influence grow as well. With that in mind, as you seek to make room in your group for others, start by praying for God to send the right people. Then, begin asking those in your sphere of influence; your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. Invite them to come along on the journey with you as you grow!

Be on the lookout at church and invite those in your section during Section Time and those you connect with to join your group.

Where Can I Meet To Hold My Small Group
Small Groups are encouraged to meet anywhere that would be a comfortable place to gather in groups and engage in conversation. Some of the most common meeting places are homes, restaurants, parks, coffee shops, and office buildings. (White Rhino Coffee located on campus at Oaks Church, is available to meet at during their posted business hours).
Where Can I Find Small Group Curriculum?

Click here to access a variety of curriculum suggestions available for you.

How Do I Help Others Learn How to Contribute and Take Ownership of the Success of our Group?
Clearly communicate to your group that this is a group effort and that everyone can contribute in some way. There is no small task! Whether they bring snacks or drinks to share, help welcome new people, or facilitate discussion, everyone can pitch in. A helpful tool to facilitate this conversation is the Small Group Planner. With this tool, it is easy to bring up the conversation and encourage everyone to take at least one spot on the sign-up sheet. Encourage your group members to step out and try something they haven’t done before and grow into something that challenges them.
What Do I Do if There is Someone in My Group That Dominates the Conversation?
The best thing to do in this situation, as a leader, is to take action. Dominators kill group dynamics. At the moment, you can wait for them to take a pause or breath and quickly jump in to thank them for sharing and move on to the next discussion point or ask someone else to share. This is not meant to bring offense, but the conversation must keep moving. If it’s difficult to find a pause in there, changing positions or standing up will often get their attention and help them to become aware or pause long enough for you to jump in. If this is an ongoing issue, then it will be best for you to have a conversation with them apart from the group to let hear their perspective and let them know that they are over-sharing and it would be helpful to the group if they allowed others to share as well. At this point, utilizing a Small Group Agreement is very helpful. These are values that your group has decided upon and should be reviewed at the beginning of each group meeting. Feel free to create these values together as a group so that everyone feels good about them.
Does my Group Have to Meet weekly?
Groups are encouraged to meet weekly during each semester. This enables the community to grow as you build genuine relationships.
What About Childcare?
Very carefully. Seriously, this can be a sensitive issue. We suggest that you empower the group to openly brainstorm solutions. You may try one option that works for a while and then adjust over time. Our favorite approach is for adults to meet in the living room or dining room and to share the cost of the babysitter (or two) who can watch the kids in a different part of the house. This way, parents don’t have to be away from their children all evening when their children are o young to be left at home. A second option is to use one home for the kids and a second home (close by or a phone call away) for the adults. A third idea is to rotate the responsibility of providing a lesson or care for the children either in the same home or in another home nearby. This can be an incredible blessing for kids. Finally, the most common solution is to decide that you personally need to have a night to invest in your spiritual lives individually or as a couple and to make childcare arrangements on your own. No matter what decision the group makes, the best approach is to dialogue openly about the solution