People can get to work and school on time, but not to church! If you’re like me, you have people straggling in long after you’ve started the Bible study. Want your people to get there on time? Here are a few ways that you can encourage your group members to pay closer attention to the clock:
- Send a reminder email to your group the day before. A short “Hey, I’m looking forward to meeting with you tomorrow” email can be helpful. Simply say something like, “We’ll start at 9AM sharp.” This allows you to remind the group that you plan to start promptly at your group’s designated start time.
- Make sure you aren’t the one who is late. As the leader of the group, you must arrive 15-20 minutes early to check the room arrangement, set out any items the group members are supposed to use during the study, set up A/V equipment, and other important things. Set a good example for your people by being the one who is never late.
- Start on time. This may be the most important thing you can do as a group leader. Do not start late, waiting for the late-arrivers to get there. That is disrespectful to the ones who got up and arrived on time. Don’t reward bad behavior! Starting on time means that some of your group members are going to miss out on the group’s prayer time, or the start of your Bible study, whichever comes first. That’s too bad for them, but their late arrival is not a good reason to rob the rest of the group of valuable time. Starting on time will train the people to come on time. If you start late, you’ll simply train them to come late. And by the way, never use the phrase, “We’ll start in just a couple more minutes to give people time to get here.” People make it to work on time all week long. I promise, they can make it to your Bible study group if they want to!
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