Newcomers. Guests. Prospects. It’s always nice to see a new face in our groups! Having a game plan for welcoming newcomers goes a long way to ministering to someone new. Finding a Bible study group that you connect with isn’t always easy, so as group leaders, our initial actions can help our guests a lot! Below are three things to do when a guest arrives to your Bible study group.
First, greet them warmly! Find out their name and share yours. We all know a personal connection means a lot, so communicating that you are glad they came is important. Introducing the others in your group is also helpful in jumpstarting those relationships.
Second, let them know details. Share where and how often your group meets. If you have a special fellowship or church-wide activity coming up, extend an invitation for your guest to join your Bible study group.
Third, give them a copy of the Personal Study Guide or Daily Discipleship Guide. This will let them know what your group studies are like and gets your current study in their hands. Having a few extra copies on hand means you can easily give these out to any newcomer that arrives.
Don’t miss a chance to make a great first impression! Be ready to offer a warm greeting, information about your group, and a copy of what your group is studying. You’ll be one step closer to growing your group and they’ll get a good glimpse into how your group works.