Tuesday’s teaching tip is about time – arriving early to your Bible study group if you’re the leader. How early should you arrive? I like to arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of any Bible study I lead. If I wait until almost time for the study to start and then arrive, I’ll end up scurrying around, distracted and dazed as I try to set up for the Bible study, while at the same time carry on conversations with early arrivers. Even worse, if a guest shows up early (which they always seem to do) I won’t have any time to devote attention to them.
If you arrive 20 minutes early, you can do all of the following as a “pre-flight check” and be ready for your the first person to arrive:
- Check the room arrangement and rearrange it if necessary.
- Turn on and double-check any A/V equipment like TVs, DVD players, computers, tablets, etc.
- Check the room temperature – if it’s too hot or cold, people’s attention will be distracted.
- Place a nametag on each chair, and a black Sharpie marker in every third seat.
- Set up any displays, posters, etc., that you are using as visual aids.
- Go to the restroom.
- Make some coffee and set out some snacks.
- Set out a stack of extra Personal Study Guides for potential guests to use.
- Greet the first early arriver with a smile, a handshake, and an clear, uncluttered mind!