Here are ten ways that groups can plan their meeting schedules for a typical month.
Rain or Shine, We Meet All the Time
Comments: This schedule is most effective when a group is pursuing a "holistic" or balanced ministry agenda together. Because the group meets often, there is time to emphasize different things each week as needed (fellowship, Bible study, prayer, accountability, outreach, service, etc.). This schedule also works well when group members find it difficult to interact with each other outside of group gathering times.
Every Other Week, As Long As We Don't Miss
Comments: This schedule is used many times for groups who are going to be together for a longer period of time and who may experience frequent community with each other outside group gatherings. The down-side to this schedule is that if someone misses, it may be a month before they connect with each other again.
Once a Month, To Get the Job Done
Comments: This schedule is probably associated more with committee meetings than small groups, however, specialty small groups (task-based, support groups, etc.) may use this schedule, particularly if members have intentional regular community contact outside of group gathering times.Groups meeting on this schedule typically have extended time together when they do meet.
Mixed, Men, or Women, Can't Decide? Do Both
Comments: For the group who wants to have men-only and women-only time as well as have a mixed or couples group experience but not be in two separate groups, this arrangement works well.This schedule also can work well for groups who struggle with childcare every week because men/women-only weeks have built in childcare.
Every, Every-Other Week
Comments: A schedule that has advantages when your group is larger ...