Setting the Right Atmosphere In Your Home
Often, the last ten percent of our preparation becomes the first ten percent that people notice.
As an eGroup leader, sometimes that last ten percent can make the difference between someone committing to an eGroup over the long haul and someone dropping out of an eGroup after one meeting.
Although adjusting your living room’s lighting, scent, or furniture arrangement may not seem to have a direct effect on what your eGroup will be doing, it can be the tipping point that allows people to feel welcome, invited, and cared for in your group.
As you set the atmosphere for a welcoming environment for people to feel comfortable, ask yourself these questions:
- What will they see?
- What will they hear?
- What will they smell?
- What will they taste?
HERE ARE A FEW EASY WAYS TO USE ATMOSPHERE TO CREATE
A GOOD eGROUP EXPERIENCE:
- Brew coffee or bake cookies. Filling your house with a pleasant smell can make people feel at home. Remember, this is an unfamiliar setting for most of your eGroup members, so anything you can do to welcome them is a bonus.
- Clean up a little bit. Spending a few minutes picking up any loose items laying around will go a long way. If you’re short on time, remember: God gave us closets for a reason!
- Provide enough seating for your eGroup. Having enough seats shows that you prepared for the people in your eGroup, and it makes them feel valued.
- Eliminate distractions. Eliminating small distractions like cell phones or noisy pets helps keep group members focused and engaged. Your eGroup hinges on discussion and prayer time, so do as much as you can to control the environment.
- Keep the new person in mind. If it’s your first eGroup meeting or someone is coming to your eGroup for the first time, go the extra mile to allow them to feel comfortable. That may mean attaching a balloon on your mailbx to identify your home, using name tags for the entire group, or asking one of your seasoned eGroup members to introduce this person to the eGroup, these small things can go a long way in making the new person feel welcome.