How Do I Get Kids into Small Groups? - Life.Church Leaders

How Do I Get Kids into Small Groups?

by Amber Siany

Building your small group starts a long time before you sit together in small groups! These tips and tricks can make breaking up into small groups easier when the time comes.

Watch This:
This video will help you see how you can use free time and clean up to lead small:

Check Out These Tips:
Welcome Kids
Konnect is a big room. The lights, sounds, and people in it can be overwhelming. Welcome kids so they know they fit in, they know what to do, and they know who to go to if they need help.

Have Fun
When the first interaction kids have with you is through play, it’s easier for kids to trust you and base their relationship with you on something positive.

Set Boundaries
Setting healthy boundaries from the get-go helps kids respect boundaries for the rest of the experience. But what are healthy boundaries, and how do you set them?

Get Kids into Small Groups
You’ve spent your whole free time setting the stage for small groups—now how do you get the kids to actually sit in them? Here are some tips to clearly lead kids so they know where they need to be.

Help Kids

Talk It Over:
Now that you’ve watched a video and read a few tips, help the info stick! Talk over these questions with your experience coach or a LifeKids staff member. Share what you’ve learned with other leaders in Konnect!

  1. How do you think managing free time well contributes to successful small group formation?
  2. What strategies do you use that work well for redirecting kids from inappropriate activities to appropriate ones?
  3. What is your biggest challenge when free time is over and it’s time to form small groups?
  4. Talk to a few other leaders, a coach, or a LifeKids staff member about your challenges. What solutions did you come up with?

A special thank you to Orange and the reThink Group for their ideas and research on their “lead small” philosophy referenced in this article.