1. Make sure your lesson is thoroughly prepared. If you do not have a plan and a schedule, rest assured, someone else will.
2. There is a saying, "Time flies when you are having fun." Do your best to make lessons dynamic, engaging and relevant.
3. Make sure any snacks, if any, are ready in advance. This way you can focus on your guests as they arrive.
4. Make sure any electronics are set up and ready.
5. Make sure that you are completely prepared at least 10-15 minutes early. When you are prepared and anticipating the arrival of your first guests, it sends a powerful message....."Welcome! I've been expecting you."
6. Always start on time. It is very tempting to delay until everyone arrives. This is a bad habit and does not respect the efforts others have made to be on time. Amazingly, when people learn that the meeting ALWAYS starts on time, they begin to plan accordingly.
7. Plan for your session to last no more than one hour. People may choose to stay longer, but those who need to leave may.
8. Learn the art of redirection. There may be a group member who gets off track or dominates the conversation. Gently move the discussion along to insure you finish on time. Obviously there are times when it is necessary to discuss a certain topic or life issue in further depth than anticipated. However, this should be the exception rather than the rule.
9. Schedule adequate time for all four elements: fellowship, prayer, worship, and Bible study.
10. Avoid cancelling meetings. The more times you cancel meetings, the less likely people are to remain committed to the group. It is also best to meet in the same place every time.