Every WordGo Guide can create environments where life change can happen by initiating, preparing and hosting a WordGo Group. In this training Dana explains the vision and your first steps to get your group up and running.
1. Consider a group that you have been part of that made an impact on your life; what was it that made the difference?
2. Who do you know that could be part of your WordGo Group?
3. What preparations do you need to make to find a suitable time and location to meet?
Can you think of a time when you were part of a community where your life was impacted for the better?
Maybe you regularly met with friends for food or coffee and you consistently left feeling encouraged by the conversation? Or maybe you’ve been part of a small group where you met to discuss the bible & pray?
I know I can think of a time just like this!
What was it about that group? Why did it make the impact it did?
It wasn’t just the great snacks as important as those are, it was the content! We took the time to consider ideas that had meaning & significance in our lives. We talked about so many things. Our favourite new restaurants, films we had seen recently through to what we were learning through the ups and downs in life.
Often we discussed the bible, we considered what it says and thought about how it was changing our perspectives on everyday life.
Through these informal, and what often seemed inconsequential meetups, my life was changed. A slow process over time. My attitudes started to change, and my priorities started to re-order. I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time but in these moments spent in the company of others, my life was being transformed.
This is something we can all experience, and you as a WordGo Guide, get to play a significant role in helping others, just like you, experience the same.
You can create an environment where lives are changed.
You might be asking how?
Here’s 3 simple things you need to do to get started..
1. Invite Some Friends
Don’t overthink this too much! Simply consider who are 3-5 people I could invite to my WordGo group. Is it a group of friends at college or work? Perhaps some like minded people from your local church who you think might be interested in studying the bible in a small group setting?
Get your list and begin praying for the opportunity to ask. If you are considering WordGo as a resource for a church small group, we’re so glad! Please do share your plans with your pastor or a relevant church leader. That’s your first step.. invite some friends.
2: Prepare For Your First Meet Up
Once you’ve invited some friends, it’s time to prepare for your first gathering.
This should feel like a relaxed meet up where people can come to connect and find out more about the WordGo. Consider an environment that your group will feel at ease. A coffee shop, a home or maybe even a church. Wherever works best for the most people. You want to find a space that you can speak and share openly about what God is teaching you through the study. There’s a lot more about how to set up your chosen venue in the “creating the experience” training.
Once you’ve made your choice, the App will guide you through the process of setting location and time details and sending the invites to your group.
3. Host Your Group
The invites have been sent, you’ve prepared and it’s the day of the first gathering… It’s time to host your group. This is perhaps where some of us start to get a little nervous, that’s a natural response to something new, in a few weeks you will feel very different! You are waiting and hoping that someone will arrive, just relax. If it helps send a message to your group the day before to confirm if they are able to come.
Once you are all there, introduce anyone who doesn’t know each other, serve some refreshments and go!
We’ve provided you with an intro session programme that’ll help you all get started. Follow the steps but don’t forget to make it your own...
Lives are changed when people gather together, discuss the bible and connect with each other; Every WordGo Guide can create an environment where lives are changed.
Invite your friends, prepare to meet, host your group.
Then sit back and see what God does in your life and the lives of your friends!
Every WordGo Guide can help others to study the bible by explaining the study process to WordGo Group Members. In this training James explains the five activities both Guides and Members will experience in the study.