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Wednesday, August 23, 2023

9 Tips for a Successful First Small-Group Meeting

It can be incredibly nerve-racking to start a new small group. And yet, every small group begins with a first meeting. In “9 Tips for a Successful First Small-Group Meeting,” pastor Bill Search offers easy tips to kick off your small group and ensure you have a great first meeting.

How can you pique interest in small groups at your church? Consider how Jesus inspired people, fisherman and tax collectors to follow Him. “Jesus said, ‘Come and see.’ They went and saw the place where Jesus was staying. The time was about four o'clock in the afternoon. They stayed with Jesus the rest of the day (Jn. 1:39).” In this podcast episode, “How to Inspire People to Join Small Groups,” Oliver Hersey and Bill Search explore what it takes to invite people into small groups.

Featured Articles & Training Tools
9 Tips for a Successful First Small-Group Meeting
Easy tips to make the most of your first gathering
How to Inspire People to Join Small Groups
Inviting people into the discipleship journey.
Serve in Your Sweet Spot
Lean into your personality, strengths, and gifts.
On the Clock
Tips for starting and ending your group meetings on time
Featured Studies
1 Peter: Walk the Talk
Transformation—the process of becoming holy—begins in your mind.
Spiritual Gifts
Recognize your gifts and the gifts of others.
R. Paul Stevens
Acts 1-12: God's Power in Jerusalem & Judea
The Spirit that empowered the first believers is still working in your life and ministry.
Phyllis J. Le Peau
Ecclesiastes: The Detour Signs of Life
Take a look at the depth of Ecclesiastes—but be prepared for a few surprises.
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