If you are the host of a group and not its leader, your group will still see you as a leader. And the message we always want to send anyone we host is simple: we knew you were coming, and we prepared for you.
Mission Group hosts do far more that just provide a place for a group to meet. You will use your gift of hospitality to create a comfortable, enjoyable, friendly environment for transformational community to take place. Many little things add up to create the safety that helps a group thrive.
- GREET PEOPLE the moment they walk in the door.
- PROVIDE POSITIVE FEEDBACK and support during discussions.
- INTRODUCE PEOPLE to one another at your first meeting.
- TALK WITH SHY OR TIMID MEMBERS before and after meetings.
- KEEP IN TOUCH with group members between meetings.
simple questions to ask yourself before each meeting
IS MY HOUSE (meeting space, kitchen, and bathroom...) CLEAN (enough...) AND UNCLUTTERED?
Not everything has to be spotless, but clutter is the real killer. Don't kill yourself over the dust on the top of the shelves, but find a home for all the random piles and misplaced objects that you see!
DO I HAVE ENOUGH CHAIRS THAT ARE EASILY ACCESSIBLE?
Sidestep that awkward moment of scrounging for an extra chair and always plan for the highest possible number of people.
IS THERE MUSIC PLAYING WHEN PEOPLE WALK IN?
Music creates comfortable environments; it's a non-negotiable! And don't think it has to be Christian music - choose whatever you like, and whatever creates an environment that is laid-back, lighthearted, and fun.
IS THERE ENOUGH LIGHTING?
A well lit (not glaring) room energizes a group. A dark or dim room de-energizes it. Lighting alone can change the dynamic of a group meeting!
DO I HAVE A PLAN FOR THE PETS?
Most likely, someone in your group has a pet allergy. Make sure you know who that person is, and don't just let them know what to expect - ask them personally what you can do to minimize the allergies while they are there!