In the case of these groups, your primary role is to help facilitate the groups—not teach. Your leadership will be geared toward steering discussion and making men feel cared for and supported.
Call or text your group members each week. This can be a short call or text that simply expresses, “I’m glad you’re in the group and I’ll see you Thursday,” for example. Contacting each man helps him feel like a valued member of the group and encourages him to prioritize the meeting.
It is up to you to set the tone for the group; be authentic, enthusiastic, and affirming. Remember—a small group is many things, including a hospital for men with broken wings; make yours a safe place for men. Don’t put pressure on them to conform to certain behavior. Instead, simply show men Christ and welcome them.
Make sure group members know that anything mentioned during meetings is confidential and is not to leave the group.
It’s also important that you honor the time during your group meetings. Aim to start and end on time every week. Always thank group members for participating before they leave.