Hi Small Group Leaders,
Making a home visit memorable and helpful might not be as tricky, or take as long as you think!
Someone once said: ” A home going leaders makes a church going people.”
People might connect with your group before they’ve met you but its a BIG ask.
Maybe you will get the chance to catch them on Sundays but this is not a sure thing.
People are usually much more comfortable and at ease in their own homes – go to them!
A home visit can be as short as 20 minutes.
A routine visit in an average size group should happen every 12 weeks or so.
Let people know why you are coming – “I want to meet you and pray for you in your own home to bless you.”
Don’t confuse a home visit where things like family connection to the church, personal prayer life, devotional life etc will be discussed with a time to have a meal together – thats not the same thing. We visit people to encourage them to keep growing.
While relationship is essential we can chat about the kids the job the weather the neighbours in passing anytime.
In leadership our concern is the true care and discipleship of those souls God has entrusted to us.
At Destiny, our guide “Discipleship Matters” is a great tool to have in your heart for people (not in your hand like a questionnaire)
Are they: Growing Nearer, Growing Deeper, Growing Outward, Growing forward? where do they need your input most at this time?
People will never forget the times you gave yourself away by coming into their homes in Jesus name to spur them towards all he has for them.
They will be able to find any number of people be sociable with, be friendly with – They won’t find many willing to take a deeper interest in their spiritual wellbeing.
Go visiting this week!
Some other hints:
Let people know how long you plan to stay
Make two appointments for the same evening
Keep a note of how it went / what to pray for
Pray about it before you go – what do you think God has in mind for this visit?
Never leave without praying for the people and blessing the house.
Ask Yourself: is there anything I need to do in light of this visit?