Roger Carr: The Power of Small Group Connection Events

Where do you find new people to attend your small group?

There are many ways to identify potential members and grow your group. One of those ways is to take advantage of any small group connection event your church schedules.

What Is a Small Group Connection Event?

A small group connection event is simply a recruiting event conducted to match people interested in learning more about small groups with small group leaders who are seeking new members.

There are a many people who step into the church who do not participate in a small group. They might not know what a small group is, why getting involved in a group is important, or how to try one out.

Many churches create recruiting events to make it easy for people to learn about small groups and to help new and existing small group members to expand their roster and influence in the church.

It usually starts by the church pastor letting the congregation know how important it is to be plugged into a small group. Then the pastor encourages anyone not participating in a small group to check out the connection event.

The event can be as simple as setting up a few tables to have the conversations and signups. They can also be as elaborate as a block party. The last one I participated in included outdoor games and food trucks.

Things to Do

Your primary goal should be to get as many people as possible into a small group they will thrive in. Your first priority should not be to grow your group. However, you are the one building the relationship with those you encounter at the connection event. Because of this, they might be more comfortable signing up for your group because they now know you. Attending a small group of strangers for the first time can be scary and meeting you now takes away that concern. This is one of the reasons it is important to be a participant at the event.

As a small group leader, there are some things you can do to be prepared for the event. Here are a few:

Pray Before the Event

I can’t say it enough. Prayer is powerful!

I continue to be amazed at how God arranges for people who have similar issues and interests to be in the same small group. Even when the group was formed through what appears to be a random process.

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Source: Church Leaders