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Tips for Recruiting People to Join your Small Group

Getting people to join your Small Group can be one of the more challenging parts of being a leader, but it does not have to be. If you are creative and willing to put in a little bit of work, you can utilize these tips to help add additional people to your group.

1) Use social media to promote your group. Facebook is a great place for this and there are neighborhood or interest-based groups (like moms, or empty nesters) that you can join on the site. Once you have joined the Facebook group, you can use the platform to let people know about your Small Group and invite them to join.

2) Invite your neighbors. Do you have neighbors with whom you already have a relationship? Invite them to come and check-out the group.  Make sure and give them the 'out' if they do not want to commit to coming beyond the initial first visit. They may like it and decide to stay!

3) Volunteer to help with Small Group Discovery. At the half-way point of every Small Group semester, we host an event called Small Group Discovery. It's a luncheon designed to give people who have not yet joined a Small Group a taste of what it is like and the opportunity to join groups. Volunteering to help is a great way to meet people who are looking to join a Small Group, build a relationship, and invite them to join your group. If you would like to volunteer to help with Small Group Discovery, you can contact us by clicking here.

These are just a few tips for recruiting more people. Remember that one of the best best way to invite people to anything is through making a personal connection and an individual ask. Spend some time this week thinking about where you are most likely to meet people (grocery store, gym, drop-off line at school) and pray for God to open opportunities to invite them to your Small Group.

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The Advantages of Having Coordinators in your Small Group

If you have heard us say it a hundred times, you know it must be true! If you are leading a Small Group, you need to recruit coordinators to help you. Leading in any capacity is hard and that burden can be lessened if you have others to help you. Here are some advantage to recruiting coordinators for your Small Group:

  • A coordinator can provide you with a perspective that alone you'll probably miss. Leading a group can take a lot of attention to stay on track. A co-leader can pick up on needs through comments or body language that may fly right by you.
  • If you have a mixed group, a coordinator can monitor your timing, signaling you when it's time to cut off the study and move on to prayer requests and prayer. A good coordinator can fill in the awkward gaps or rephrase a question when necessary. This is especially important early in the life of a group when people may still be reluctant to answer. They can also help you set the pace for openness and vulnerability.
  • A coordinator relieves you of much of the responsibility for care, follow-up, and prayer requests. You'll still need to provide some care, make phone calls and pray for your members. But your coordinator can take the bulk of that responsibility.
  • If you're sick, out of town, or can't attend for any other reason. Your coordinators can step in and make sure your group is covered.
  • Perhaps most importantly, this year's coordinators are next year's leaders. Always having leaders "in training" is one of the reasons for the coordinator system. 

Don't be threatened by recruiting coordinators.  Be grateful! Share as much of the leadership as possible with others. Encourage them to branch out and lead a new group next year. There will never be more leaders than there are Small Groups to go around, so you need not fear for your position. Simply divide and multiply!

Adapted from Small Group Bible Studies: How to Lead Them by Pat J. Sikora.

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