It’s not necessary to start well in order to finish well, but it sure does help! The first week your group meets goes a long way towards laying the foundation for the whole year, so we ought to put some thought into doing it well. This first week will look really different than any other week. There are three things we want to make sure we cover and you can find them all in the D-Group Starter Guide. Give your new group members this guide before you meet and ask them to familiarize themselves with the content found in week 1. This will greatly enhance your first meeting if they are able to look over this material ahead of time.
Get to Know One Another (30 Minutes)Before we do anything else we’ve simply got to get to know the people in our group! Spend about half of your time hearing each other’s stories and asking good questions. Some simple conversation suggestions for this time are:
- Share a 2-3 minute version of your testimony.
- What are you most looking forward to in this group?
- Tell us about your family, work, and personal hobbies.
- What is one thing that you are excited or intrigued by right now?
Clarify Expectations (20 Minutes)You did a great job setting expectations when you extended the invitation to this discipleship group, but let’s make sure everyone is on the same page now that you’re actually in a room together. In a D-Group, the expectation is that you will meet weekly if at all possible and that you will do your best in five disciplines:
- Bible Reading
- H.E.A.R. Journaling
- Scripture Memory