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10 First-timer Tips for New Small Group Leaders

6. Questions you can use in EVERY Bible study discussion:

  • What stands out to you in this passage? What impacted you during the reading?
  • Was there something read that’s new for you, reaffirming, confusing or challenging?
  • How can we apply this to our lives today?
  • How could this be shared with people who do not yet know Christ?

7. Be real. Be yourself. Authenticity is the key to helping others open up. Develop a dynamic where people feel safe to share and free to be themselves, e.g. be the first to respond to a question and do so humbly and honestly.

8. Try to involve every person – acknowledge and affirm each person who speaks.

9. Be on watch for others who can champion different aspects of the group’s life together and intentional about grooming them to take greater responsibility in small steps.

10. Turn people’s attention beyond your immediate circle by praying for the lost and encouraging them to invite friends to join you.


This list of tips for new small group leaders originally appeared here, and is used by permission. (For more ideas, see this article as well.)