Ground Rules: 1. Each group should meet at least once a month for about 75 minutes 2. Each group will have a designated leader who will e-mail, call and finalize the date and place for each month. 3. These meetings could take place at a home, restaurant, coffee place…etc, the only condition is that you should have the privacy to talk openly and pray together. 4. During the discussion please make sure each person gets at least 10 minutes to share what’s going on in their lives, ask for specific prayer needs. 5. These small groups are designed for deeper relationships and stronger bond between brothers and sisters, so please confine the sharing to the small group so that we can really address the deeper issues of life. 6. Make sure you have at least 10 – 15 minutes of prayer time every time you meet. Please do not plan devotions, Bible study or other material; these small groups are designed to connect individuals in a deeper relationship, so talk about your life, not about current affairs, theology or philosophy. 7. If you are married, please share about this commitment with your spouse so that they can support you in this and help you with child care or other responsibilities.
Discussion starters for Small groups
Here are a few suggested topics that you could use during small group discussions, feel free to modify or come up with more creative topics that will help you understand each other better and deeper.
Highlights or memories of Childhood (parents, family, siblings, childhood memories)
Highlights or memories of Youth (best/worst memories from jr high or high school years)
Highlights or memories of College or early years of independence from parents (At this stage of life what did you want to become and why?)
Career: How did you end up in this career, why and what you like or dislike about your job, work or career.
Salvation, at what point of life did you become serious about your faith, briefly describe your spiritual journey (how did you come to Christ and what you do to keep your faith strong)
What is your favorite hobby and one thing you really dislike or cannot stand, or share one of your fears (fear of heights, snakes, spiders, people…etc).
Who is your best friend and why? (Besides Jesus….haha)
Who is your hero, what kind of people do you look up to, share one experience when someone made a big impact on your life.
Describe your daily routine, weekdays and weekends. Share one thing that excites you, a thing that you look forward to do on a weekly basis.
How & where did you meet your spouse for the first time, what attracted you most to this person?
Share one highlight from your wedding and your honeymoon or early days of marriage.
What do you think are your natural gifts or talent, your strengths, also share a couple of areas where you would like to grow stronger or change.
What is your passion in life, if you had unlimited money and time what would you do with it. What gives you most satisfaction in life?
What drains your energy most, how do you handle such challenges in life?
Discuss a book / a sermon / a person / a movie that had a huge impact on your life.
What do you consider was probably one of the toughest challenges you faced in your life? How did you deal with it or dealing with it.