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Check-Ins bring the group together. You might ask people to share; something they’re excited about or concerned about, one thing they’re planning on doing in the near future, a favorite memory of church as a child, something that made them laugh or cry this week, their favorite thing about this time of year, where they have seen God working in their life this past week.

Prayer (including the Mission Statement) invites God’s guidance.

Please email or hand out an agenda. This keeps the group focused on what they need to cover. Ask if there are any additions to the agenda.

Tackle big issues early in the meeting while people are fresh.

Brainstorming is very effective in decision-making. List all possible solutions. Write solutions on newsprint or on an easel, before debating them. Review the list and look for the best solutions.

Try to keep meetings from running too long. We suggest an hour and a half, tops.

Before ending the meeting, remind attendees of their assignments as well as the date of your next meeting.

Three Rules for Good Groups

There are three basic rules for good, effective group meetings. These rules apply to committees, fellowships, Bible studies, and other various gatherings.

No Hogging: Some people talk more than others. Therefore, group leaders must sometimes thank a person for their thoughts and suggest hearing from others on the subject being discussed.

No Bogging: Sometimes we talk an issue to death. This wastes time and may frustrate group members. Listen for when no new information is being shared, and then say “I think we’re ready to move on or make a decision.”

No Frogging: Frogging is jumping from one subject to another and then to yet another! Finish one subject before leaping to the next!