Hosting an Unmissable Meeting

In this series we’re exploring how to lead dynamic small groups for the sake of the student world. Below is adapted from a chapter in the new workbook Small Groups: Big Mission.

Surely our culture’s addiction to novelty and entertainment mean that “unmissable” and “church” do not belong in the same sentence! Well, my observation is “unmissable” describes small group meetings when we train students to lead enthusiastically and skillfully. Training that involves being focused on the purpose of the meeting, discerning what God wants to do, and gaining his perspective on the community and its mission.

The small group is more than a meeting, it’s a contagious community (read more here), but when we meet together it’s not just a social, there is defined purpose.

What if you had the perspective that every time a small group meets it has the potential to be brilliant and life changing? The God of the universe is not looking to visit a small group, he’s looking to make it his home!

As a student I learnt how to about community as a small group of believers, lead a simple bible study and pray for other students. It was a training ground for me to learn how to lead larger gatherings of students including believers and those seeking. I thought, “if I could lead a handful of people to listen to God and respond to him, then why not many more people in many more ways?”

As Fusion we train leaders to be more aware of the small group dynamics, preparing thoughtfully and creating an expectation of what the Holy Spirit wants to do.  In essence we want to students to be confident to host a meeting that is fully charged by God and attractive to new people.

It’s also essential to have a guide or a structure for the meeting to remain focused on its purpose to love God, one another and the world. A good structure also helps everyone participate and grow in their gifts whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, a new believer or mature Christian. It affirms the values and ensures we’re living out our commitment to God and one another.

Our new workbook Small Groups: Big Mission is out now. We recommend going through the content with leaders and students. The Fusion team deliver small group training empowered by the Holy Spirit, prayer and dynamic content from the workbook.