So, you’re ten weeks into your discipleship group and you realize something strange: You’re getting close to these people you’ve been meeting with. Really close. You’re starting to be able to tell them things you didn’t think you’d be able to talk about with anyone else. You’re starting to get in the rhythm of practicing spiritual disciplines alongside others. Sounds great, right? Well, there’s only one problem. Because the group is going so well, it’s getting harder to fit everything into your time together. If this is your situation, what you need is an agenda. This week, we are going to explain how to create a schedule for your discipleship group so you can get the most out of your meetings.
Elements of a Useful ScheduleUnfortunately, there is no single schedule that works for every discipleship group. But there are certain elements that every successful schedule has. They are:
- Scripture Memory
- Bible Reading & Journaling
Tips for Creating a Discipleship Group Schedule
- Set a hard end time. Everyone in your group has responsibilities outside of your discipleship group meetings (work, school, family, appointments, etc.). Make the most of your time together not by adding time to your meeting but by better organizing the time you already have. Your group members will thank you.
- Set expectations upfront. If your group knows that you will meet for 90 minutes and only 90 minutes, it is more likely that your meeting will be productive and impactful.
- Use the two-minute warning. If you are in the middle of something important (like sharing a struggle, testimony, or reciting a particularly long passage) when your meeting is coming to an end, there will be a temptation to let the clock run a little longer than usual. But resist that temptation and don’t be afraid to announce a friendly two-minute “wrap it up” warning if a discussion is getting a little too long.