Absolutely loved this super-practical article from Gen 2 Gen Youth Ministry. It answers and gives some helpful pointers to a great question: how do I add/welcome in new students to an established small group? Really helpful stuff, here’s a clip, head there for the whole article – it make a great handout for your volunteers!
- Donâ€™t talk about the past.Â This might seem a little extreme at first glance, but let me explain. The more you use lines like, â€œRemember that time whenâ€¦?â€ and â€œHow great was it whenâ€¦?!â€ the more youâ€™ll make the new guy realize heâ€™s new. Try to focus as much as possible on the present and future. Talk about where the group currently is, and the hopes you have for where you want them to be.
- Itâ€™s not just awkward for the new guy.Â Chances are, your group may be a little uneasy about bringing in an â€œoutsiderâ€ if theyâ€™re really well connected. Help them to see that they canâ€™t be exclusive, and that everyone deserves an opportunity to be in a great youth groupâ€“even if itâ€™s a little awkward at first.
- Keep your lessons at a level everyone can understand.Â You may have students whoâ€™ve been Christians for a while and a new student might be new to this whole Christian thing. Keep your lessons interesting for both groups.