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HOST A SMALL GROUP

We believe that everyone has areas of strength & gifting that could benefit others. The first step to becoming a small group leader is to attend our Groups Host Orientation. This event will give you an overview of what it takes to start a small group. You’ll discover that it’s easier than you think.

At first, the thought of hosting a group scared me,
but leading up to our Forward Message Series and Small Groups,
I realized that I couldn’t let fear outweigh the opportunity for more people to experience authentic community. Now, that fear is far gone. Doing life with the men in my small group has been one of the best decision I’ve made. Host a small group and see what God does to and through you!
— Matthew

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 

HOW LONG WILL THIS SERIES LAST?
This is a four-part series based on four weekend messages and four small group sessions. If you want to continue meeting as a small group after we’ve finished, we would love to help you take your next step as a group. For ideas on recommended small group curriculum, email hello@vintagechurch.cc for more information.

HOW LONG SHOULD EACH SMALL GROUP MEETING LAST?
Each small group should last 60-90 minutes. You want to make sure to respect the time of those involved in your small group. If you want to spend extra time with people after the group, please feel free to do so, but make sure other group members feel free to leave when they need to.

WHO IS THE HOST?
The host of your small group is the person who has organized your group meeting and will be leading some of the group discussions. It can be very helpful for other group members to also take turns leading the groups discussion, taking prayer requests, and organizing social gatherings outside of the normal group time.

WHERE DO WE FIND NEW GROUP MEMBERS?
Inviting new people to your small group should be a regular part of group-life. There is never a wrong time to invite someone to your small group. We want to be welcoming and open to anyone who wants to attend your small group. All members of the small group should be encouraged to invite people they know who could benefit from being a part of a small group. Don’t worry about your group getting too big. If it gets large, you can simply break into smaller sub-groups during the discussion time. Take time to think of a few people whom you can think about inviting to be a part of small group with you. Your invite could help make an eternal impact in someone’s life

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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!

1. PRAY
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.

2. PREPARE
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.