Last week we looked at the question that we are most often asked as Small Group Pastor's 'how can I get more people to join my group?' This week we wanted to focus on the second most asked question that we get as Small Group Pastor's 'why are people not coming to my group or responding to my emails?' Communicating important information to your Small Group is one of your most important roles as the leader. We know from experience that when people are 'out of the loop' or miss an important piece of communication from their group leader, they become frustrated and it gives them a reason to bail on Small Group.
We want to help you better communicate with your Small Group! Over the next couple of weeks we are going to be sharing some tips on how you can communicate more effectively with your Small Group.
- Tip #1 - Avoid send it and forget it communication! There use to be a time, not that long ago, when sending an email to someone was all the communication that you needed. Unfortunately, that time as come and gone as less and less people are checking their personal email. Email has become something that is associated with work or filed with spam, so people are not reading it consistently. You cannot rely on just sending one email and expecting that people will read it. If you send an email, follow up with a text or better yet, a phone call.
- Tip #2 - Text instead of email. Many people have moved exclusively to texting instead of email for communication. We have found that people will respond to a text message before they will respond to emails.
- Tip #3 - Technology is your friend. There are a number of great tools available to help you communicate with your group. These include:
- GroupMe - a free messaging app for group texts
- Facebook Messenger - a free messaging app that you do not have to be on Facebook to use
- Band - a free app that you can use to organize and communicate with your group.
- Your texting app on your mobile device - Whether you are using Android or Apple, you can create group text threads to communicate with your group.
Communicating more effectively starts with understanding how people converse today and that is almost exclusively through texts, DM's, and PM's. Next week we will look at some ways that you can lay a foundation for effective communication through the entire semester.