The First Meeting

The First Meeting

How to start strong and make it smoothly through that initial gathering.

As you sit, waiting for your new group members to arrive, your heart races, your palms sweat, and you've got a million questions running through your head. It's your first meeting.

The truth is that all small-group leaders have been there—we all have a first night story to tell. And we've all made it through. To make it through your first night a little more smoothly, use this resource. You'll learn how to prepare for and lead your first meeting with a new small group. With lots of practical tips and encouragement, you'll feel a lot less anxious as you head into the big day. And if you're a coach, director, or pastor, this is a great tool to use with your new leaders!

For a sample from this resource, see First Night Survival Guide.

Leader's Guide

You Can Do 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

Start Well

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


Total number of pages: 21

You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies of this resource within your local church.

  • Acrobat PDF Document
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