With the holidays looming, things are about to get crazy. More meetings to attend. More invites to filter through. A plethora of parties to get to. It seems with every passing year the number of events to fill the calendar accumulate. But have you ever been to that meeting, party, or get together that just simply does not go well? I mean it’s really awkward.

I recall a number of these types of events in my life. Someone desires to get a small (or large) group of people together to enjoy each others company. The invitations are sent. The RSVP’s come back. The date arrives and people begin to show up. But for some strange reason, the party does not go well. People are cordially interacting together, but it’s all quite awkward. This is a bad situation for a holiday party, but even worse if you are a small group leader. So what can you do?

Small group interaction is not rocket science, but anytime you deal with people you are dealing with different expectations and experiences, which is always difficult. But managing all these experiences and expectations is not impossible. One helpful resource to read through before your next holiday extravaganza or routine small group meeting is Jim Putnam’s “12 Effective Small Group Discussion Guidelines“.

Enjoy practicing putting some of these guidelines into your next meeting and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s Day.

Leave a comment below letting me know if you would add any other guidelines to ones listed in the article.

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