HOST & LEADER RESOURCES
COACHING FOR SMALL GROUP HOSTS
Hosting a small group is a huge privilege and great opportunity. To help make this a great experience for you and those in your Restart group we wanted to give you some basic coaching tips. If you commit to following these simple guidelines, you will have a great small group!
Make sure you pray for each person in your group, that they will receive from God and connect relationally with other people in the small group.
Make sure you are ready for your group by taking time to review the material you’ll be discussing in your group.
3. BE ENTHUSIASTIC
You should be excited about the topic you are discussing as well as the opportunity to lead the people in your group. Your enthusiasm will be contagious and help make your group a great experience for everyone there.
4. BE A FACILITATOR, NOT A PREACHER
Your role is to guide a discussion in which people feel comfortable participating. You lead the discussion, but you shouldn’t talk the whole time. It’s a good goal for you, as the leader, to try to talk less than 50% of the time. Remember that people get to know each other when they get to share about themselves, so give everyone a chance to talk.
5. HELP EVERYONE GET A CHANCE TO GIVE FEEDBACK
Don’t be afraid of silence. You can actually use the awkward pause to help people come out of their shell. If you are patient, someone will end up jumping in to talk. This can often be a catalyst for great discussion. You may also want to call on certain people to give feedback in order to get everybody involved in the conversation.
6. KEEP ON TRACK
It’s important you know the direction you want the discussion to go and then be willing to gently guide the conversation back to the topic of the small group. The goal isn’t to answer all the questions, but it is to stay focused on the topic.
7. FINISH STRONG
Ask your group members to come up with an action step to begin to implement what they just learned. We want people to learn the Bible, but we also want people to DO the Bible. It’s important for your group members to take away a practical life-change principle that they begin to implement in their lives.
8. BE YOURSELF
Be who God has created you to be, and you’ll do great.
SMALL GROUP GUIDELINES
It is a good idea to begin the small group with clear guidelines and expectations. Such guidelines will help each person to clearly understand the goals of the group and lay a good foundation for a healthy group experience. Please take a few moments to review the guidelines the group is to agree upon.
To spiritually and relationally grow in the context of small group community.
To make a commitment to attend the group each week.
To create a safe, non-judgmental place for people to come and feel loved.
To keep all that is shared in the group, in the group.
To invite friends and new people to the group and warmly welcome newcomers.
To commit to using wisdom by not serving or consuming alcohol during small group meetings so as to avoid causing a weaker brother or sister to spiritually stumble. To be sensitive to other’s spiritual conscience. (1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Romans 14:19-21)
In the event that a member of your group was unable to get a Restart Devotional or forgot to bring it one week, you can print that week's study guide section and give it to them. Download the Restart Devotional Printable PDF.