STEP 2. GET ORGANIZED

A. Since you need at least an hour and a half for each session, you need to determine a meeting time. So when should you meet? Your final decision may involve some sacrifice on your part--you may have to give up a night or an afternoon each week that you wanted to save for yourself. But, after all, you've decided to serve this team, so find out what time is best for your group. Consider such things as the types of jobs your group members have. For example, those with construction jobs or other outside work may prefer not to meet in the early evening. But people who commute to work early in the mornings may not want to be out late at night. Assess your group's needs and encourage each member to be willing to compromise some if necessary.

B. Where will you meet--at church, in your home, in the homes of other group members, or somewhere else? You may find that a rotation system is best, in which you take turns going to each other's homes. This allows everyone to share the responsibility for hosting the group, and also divides the driving time. Whatever you work out, try to find comfortable surroundings that encourage group involvement and allow you to present the material accordingly - DVD, CD, workbooks. You will have from eight to ten people who need room to interact in a relaxed way. You will want to sit in a circle so that you can all see each other and talk easily with one another. There maybe times when the group divides briefly into twos and threes.

C. What about refreshments? Let the team decide, if any, they want to have or buy. Be sure to keep them simple.

Your goal is to have 50% socializing and 50% spiritual training. Should you allow for informal socializing before the scheduled meeting time, with the group arriving early for this? Or, would they prefer to begin the session when they arrive, and use the time afterward for refreshments and talking? Discuss this and set a policy that will help them plan when to come and how long to stay.

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