As many small groups begin in September, new leaders may face some trepidations, especially when facing that awkward, sometimes frightening, first small group meeting. They may wonder:

  • How do I get started?
  • Can I really lead a group?
  • What if my first meeting is a flop and no one comes back??
  • What was I thinking, anyway!

If this describes you or one of your new leaders, here’s a brand new resource from to help you out. It’s a Practical Ministry Skills download called The First Meeting. This is another of their wonderful downloads that allow you to make up to 1000 copies for use within your church. And I have an article in it. Here’s what you’ll receive in 21 pages of Word documents. Select one or more articles to equip your leaders. Let me know what you think of it.

What Did I Get Myself Into?
Even if you’re doubting your decision, you’ve got what it takes.
By Brett Eastman

 No, You’re Not Crazy!
Why leading a small group is more than worth the trouble
Interview with John Ortberg

Make the Most of Your First Meeting
From before they arrive to after they’re gone
By Mark Ingmire

 First Night Survival Guide
Preparing for and leading your first meeting
By Will Johnston

 Lead a Strong First Meeting
Tips on making the most of your first night
By Pat J. Sikora

 Small-Group Ground Rules
Six things to discuss as a group so you’re all on the same page
By Jay Firebaugh

 The Childcare Conundrum
An overview of childcare options
By Reid Smith

 Small Group Blessings
What I’ve learned through my small group
By Brett Eastman

Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons/meddygarnet

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  1. Anonymous on August 18, 2012 12:28 am

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  2. Anonymous on September 11, 2012 10:34 am

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