Practical Tips for Leading Your LifeGroup - Life.Church Leaders

Practical Tips for Leading Your LifeGroup

As you’re getting ready to lead a new LifeGroup, it’s helpful to think about some tips and best practices to ensure your LifeGroup is able to grow, thrive, and flourish.

These tips come from real experiences and real LifeGroup Leaders just like you. Some of this advice might also lead to more questions as you get started, so make sure you’re staying connected to your Community Leader.

You get to set the tone for your LifeGroup.

What do you like to do when you get home after a long day? Maybe you like to throw on your comfiest clothes, break out your favorite snacks, and watch your favorite movies. Or maybe you like to have a friend or two over to play games and talk about the day.

No matter what you choose to do, it’s likely you feel comfortable.

This is how we want everyone who comes to your LifeGroup to feel. It could be as simple as saying, “Make yourself at home,” when people arrive. If you’re meeting digitally, you might consider logging on early so that you’re ready to greet people as they join.

If you’re not sure how to make people feel comfortable, think about a time when you felt welcomed in a new environment—maybe the first time you went to a friend’s house, or the first day at a new job. What were the things that made you feel comfortable?

Do those things for the people coming to your LifeGroup.

Have a plan and be prepared.

It’s important to have a plan for what your LifeGroup is going to do when you’re together. One of the most important things you could do when you’re planning is to pray and invite God into the planning process.

You may not know who is going to attend your LifeGroup, or what their week has been like leading up to your LifeGroup, but God does. So when you’re planning, make sure you’re including time where you’re talking with God through prayer and asking Him what His will for your LifeGroup is.

When you’re planning what type of content you’ll be using with your LifeGroup, remember that you’re a conversation facilitator, not a content teacher. If you’re going to be talking about an episode from the You’ve Heard It Said podcast, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve listened to the episode and have the Conversation Guide ready to go. But you don’t want to have the questions memorized with answers.

There’s a difference between being prepared and obsessing over what you’ll talk about. Remember, your role and responsibility is to create a space for people to have healthy conversations. You don’t need to be a Bible scholar or know all the theology to be a great leader.

Keep showing up.

It might take some time for your LifeGroup to grow and have consistent people coming to each of your gatherings. That’s normal, and it’s not a reflection of who you are as a leader. There are so many LifeGroups that have a slow and steady start but are now thriving. Remember that God has called you to this, and He does not despise small beginnings.

Kids need community too.

If you’re leading a LifeGroup that meets in-person with kids, it’s helpful to have a conversation with your group to learn what childcare options might work best. Consider talking with another LifeGroup Leader who has kids in their group and learn what’s worked well for them. This is also a great conversation to have with your Community Leader because they might have insight and ideas you wouldn’t otherwise know about.

There will probably be days when it feels crazy and chaotic having kids around while you’re trying to grow closer to those in your LifeGroup. But remember that you’re modeling the importance of community to a group of kids who may not have it modeled any other time. You’re showing them when it looks like to prioritize godly relationships and giving them the opportunity to have their own community, too.

Connect with your LifeGroup digitally.

Think about your best friend. How did you last connect and communicate with them? Your LifeGroup is able to connect in that same way using group text messages, video calls, social media platforms, and more.

These tools make it easy to stay in contact with your LifeGroup outside of your regular meeting time. It could be as simple as asking for prayer requests, sharing a Bible verse, or doing a YouVersion Bible Plan together using the “Plans With Friends” feature.

Be good neighbors—together.

It’s important to find a way for your LifeGroup to regularly serve together, whether that’s at church or in your local community. Serving allows us to put our faith into action by showing the love of Jesus to others. It doesn’t have to be overly complicated; it just needs to be a priority.

If your LifeGroup meets primarily online, consider choosing a day where you all serve in your communities and send pictures from your experiences in your group chat to encourage one another. If your LifeGroup meets primarily in-person, find a time to serve together and then grab a meal when you’re done.

To find more information on serving opportunities near you, connect with your Community Leader.

Find your co-leader.

We are better together. This applies to your LifeGroup, and it applies to you as a leader. God has given each of us special gifts, talents, and passions, and He gives us people who complement our unique qualities. A co-leader is someone who makes you even better as a leader because they bring new perspectives and talents to your LifeGroup.

Together, you can share ideas for the LifeGroup, support each other in leading if one of you isn’t able to make it, pray for each other, share hosting and preparation responsibilities, and so much more.

It’s okay if you don’t have a co-leader yet. But ask God to reveal the right person to you at the right time. And when you do find that person, connect with your Community Leader.

Remember: You are helping others find God. And whoever finds God, finds life.

There’s a lot of information here, so make sure that you’re having a conversation with your Community Leader about the next steps you’ll take to grow your LifeGroup.

Here are a few things you can talk about together:

P.S: If you haven’t already, make sure that you review ways you can start winning as a leader, content resources made just for you, and development opportunities to help you be your best.