There will be times when only a few people show up for a small group meeting.
Too many leaders, if they find out before the meeting that there are only going to be a handful of people coming, cancel the meeting. When a leader does this they miss a great opportunity. The smaller the group the more apt those in attendance are to:
- unveil their personal stories
- involve themselves deeply in the conversational Bible study
- speak of their personal struggles and challenges
Not only that, this is a great time for a small group leader to shorten the Bible study time and just spend time hanging out with the committed few as they get to know one another better.
When only a few are going to show up, don’t cancel the meeting. Celebrate the outcome of that meeting.
Rick Howerton has one passion — to see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.” He is pursuing this passion as the small group and discipleship specialist at LifeWay Church Resources.