Clueless about homegroup?

I came across this in my stats:
“homegroup” + “christian” + “what to do”

Someone was googling for ideas on setting up a homegroup meeting, so better late than never I thought I would oblige them. Although it helps that many of the worship team attend my group, it always helps to start out with some singing. Our group has a small set of worship songs that we do at the beginning of each meeting. The meetings have also been divided up into diverse activities. I know not everyone wants that, but it seems to work well. The meetings alternate one week being regular homegroup and one reserved for prayer. The regular meeting is usually a themed talk, or teaching by our leader then discussion is opened and encouraged. Sometimes we have broken up into small groups of four to five ppl for prayer/ministry. This past week we had a missionary give a talk, sometimes a leader from the church is invited to share a teaching. It differs.

But it isn’t the teaching or the activities. What really glues our homegroup together is the honest sharing that goes on between sincere Christians. You can’t manufacture that, you can only provide the atmosphere of love and openness. There are some really nurturing and loving Christians in our group. There are some goofballs who keep us laughing, too- and I don’t underestimate the value of that… it is great to have the freedom of good natured kidding. I think the general invitation to be yourself, while at the same time inspiration to be bettered in Christ Jesus makes the perfect mix.

Oh, almost forgot. The regular meeting is a potluck dinner at the outset, before we go into the living room for the worship/discussion time. The prayer meeting doesn’t have the potluck meal.

So basically “what to do” stacks up like this:

  • communal meal
  • topics important to Christian growth
  • occasional activities to encourage relationship
  • addition of music for worship time ( no singers/guitarists? CDplayer works)
  • some variety in activities,(sometimes we go on trips to the shelters and serve a meal or things like that)
  • encourage discussion- have introductions around the room
  • like everywhere else, encourage everyone to be real

Rick, in the comment section, added

the 3 W’s.

Worship – some form of remembering that God is God and we are not. That can be singing, it can be poetry, art, reading a Scripture, giving a testimony, etc.. There should be a call to lift up God and tell of His greatness.

Word – we need to turn to Scripture. It is ok to learn from other books, videos, etc. from time to time but we want people to know that all they need is found in the pages of God’s written Word.

Works – we want to have the above launch us to action. At a minimum this is praying that we would realize in our lives what we got from the above. It ideally leads to practical help and acts of service.

These are the norms. Variety and fun are essential. Mix it up. And remember that the meeting is only 2 hours out of a 168 hour week. We should be having coffee/dinner/whatever together. We should be calling each other to chat. We should be praying for each other. We should be living life together in a way that helps each other toward Christ-likeness.

2 thoughts on “Clueless about homegroup?”

  1. John Wimber rightly taught us that the norm for a meeting (although the key is to remember that it is not about the meeting – it is 24×7 community) is to have the 3 W’s.

    Worship – some form of remembering that God is God and we are not. That can be singing, it can be poetry, art, reading a Scripture, giving a testimony, etc.. There should be a call to lift up God and tell of His greatness.

    Word – we need to turn to Scripture. It is ok to learn from other books, videos, etc. from time to time but we want people to know that all they need is found in the pages of God’s written Word.

    Works – we want to have the above launch us to action. At a minimum this is praying that we would realize in our lives what we got from the above. It ideally leads to practical help and acts of service.

    These are the norms. Variety and fun are essential. Mix it up. And remember that the meeting is only 2 hours out of a 168 hour week. We should be having coffee/dinner/whatever together. We should be calling each other to chat. We should be praying for each other. We should be living life together in a way that helps each other toward Christ-likeness.

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