While there’s no formula guaranteeing a successful Group, here are some tips for the first three months so you can get your Group off to a great start.



  • Take five minutes at the end of the meeting to tell the Group what excites you about where the Group is headed.
  • Make sure everyone knows what day you’re meeting, what time, and where.
  • Ask someone in your Group to collect and share everyone’s contact info, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
  • Reminder:  Take a few minutes prior to the arrival of your Group members to pray for the evening.


First Month:

  • Complete the Group Agreement together.
  • Meet one-on-one with a least one Group member or couple this month.
  • You might plan an overnight retreat with your Group during the first six months.
  • Reminder: Consistently pray for your Group members by name.


Second Month:

  • Share life stories.
  • Take a few minutes to share your excitement to learn this Semester’s Workshop topic with the Group
  • Start talking about your next study.
  • Meet one-on-one with at least one Group member or couple this month.
  • Reminder:  The most important thing you can do as a leader is to stay connected to God through regular, personal quiet times.


Third Month:

  • Set up your first community service opportunity (at the end of the semester).
  • Continue talking about the next Semester Workshop Topic.
  • Let someone else lead the discussion at the meeting.
  • Meet one-on-one with at least one Group member or couple this month.
  • Reminder: Invite someone wiser to pour into you on a consistent basis.