8 Expert Tips to Have the Best Huddle by Laura Copeland

 

We asked some of our top small group experts to share their best tips on how to host a successful gathering of small group point people.  They definitely delivered!  Use a few of these next time you’re planning a huddle!

BRING YOUR BEST AND WORST
“Have everyone that’s coming bring the best idea that’s shaping community in their context…and the hurdle that they’re struggling with in their ministry this season.”
-Ben Reed

ACTIVELY SHARE OWNERSHIP
“Just like in a small group, I believe a good Huddle has the approach that “we ALL own the success of this!” As the leader, I’m certainly the catalyst for making things happen. As the leader, it always falls on me to be sure the planning is acted upon – but the less I do and the more I get others in my Huddle to do, the more it is owned by all of us.”
-Jay Firebaugh

BE STORY COLLECTORS AND STORY TELLERS
“We are reminded why we do what we do through telling stories of how God is at work in us and the people we serve.”
-Matt Graybill

STAY CONSISTENT
“Don’t get discouraged by occasional low attendance, even if two people can connect it’s a win.”
-Amber Day

FIND COMMON GROUND
“Do some kind of appropriate, work based ice-breaker. This will introduce people to one another and get the conversational ball rolling. i.e. What’s your name and what’s the most awkward conversation you’ve had with a group leader in the last six months?”
-Rick Howerton

UTILIZE THE SKILLS OF OTHERS
“Ask your sharpest small group hosts/leaders that lead excellently in a certain area to teach/lead on your chosen training topic vs yourself.  For example, someone in your group might be an expert on  planning community projects.”
-Joe Windham

KEEP HUDDLES REAL
“We learn more about one another and what pitfalls to avoid when we are real with one another.”
-Matt Graybill

PROVIDE A SAFE CONTEXT WHERE RELATIONSHIPS CAN GROW
“It’s all about relationships! Regardless of topic for that gathering, grow together, so you really can support each other personally & professionally. Pray for one another.”
-Paul Lewis

 
 
 

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