We’ve established what it means to shepherd your Family Project small group. It’s important for you to serve as a friendly guide to keep things moving as the study progresses week by week.
Now, let’s take a look at what it means to be a host.
Hosting can seem like a fairly obvious assignment as a leader, but it’s one you shouldn’t take for granted. Whether you’re hosting at your home or at church, there are a few things to take into consideration when hosting a small group.
The most important thing is to make sure that everyone feels welcome and loved. There will be a variety of personalities in your group, so be intentional about making sure everyone is acknowledged and made comfortable.
In addition to welcoming everyone, make sure you have adequate space to host the small group. Take time to set up chairs and couches before everyone arrives. Create an environment that is contusive to watching the video as well as interaction and discussion after the video is over.
You don’t have to take time creating a lavish spread, but consider having a few snacks and drinks available for your guests. You can also pass around a sign-up sheet so everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the group over your time together.
Finally, make sure that all of your technology functions correctly. It can be embarrassing to have everyone settled, ready to engage with the study, only to discover that there is an issue with the equipment. Before everyone shows up, make sure that your TV and DVD player are working and that the session is set up, giving you the opportunity to maximize your discussion time.
By putting just a bit of effort into the shepherding and hosting roles, you create a welcoming environment that invites people to come back week after week.
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