Thank you for your interest in starting a Huddle! The purpose of Huddles is to connect small group point people together at least once per quarter to build relationships, to find encouragement and to share ideas and resources! We hope that nobody stands alone, because we are better together! Click the create a huddle button to get started and check out our Huddle FAQs to find everything you need.
H - have a heart for people
U - understand and care about them
D - develop relationships
D - dine over snacks or coffee
L - learn from each other
E - encourage people
S - share an idea or resource
Login to your small group network account to be taken directly into your member portal or if already logged in, click your name found inside the blue box in the top right hand corner of the homepage. From Inside your SGN Portal under the section labeled “Huddles I lead,” you will see your huddle listed. Click on it to view or edit your huddle info, to see who has joined your huddle online or to send group messages to your huddle members by clicking “Contact Group.”
Initially, you will want to promote & invite people to join your huddle on a grass roots level through personal invitation, phone calls, text, email & social media. Specifically share what it is, when it is & where it is. As people begin attending your huddle, invite them to then create an SGN account, find your specific huddle on the huddle map & click “join” to join it. As people begin to join your huddle online, you will be able to communicate with your members solely through the Huddle messaging system as it will send them email alerts. You will be notified via email whenever new members register online to join your Huddle. Please contact them promptly to thank them for joining & to let them know when your Huddle is meeting next.
Your Huddle may consist of a few small group point people at a coffee shop, a dozen people meeting in a restaurant for lunch, or 20 people meeting at your church. The effectiveness of a Huddle is not dependent upon size. Many Huddles start very small and grow from there. If you focus on building relationships and providing good content, your Huddle will naturally grow. Don’t get discouraged by occasional low attendance, even if two people can connect it’s a win.
Many Huddles meet monthly or every other month, however Huddles should meet a minimum of once per quarter. As the Huddle leader, you initially choose the frequency that your Huddle meets, but once your Huddle grows and you’ve met a few times, you should ask your Huddle members what meeting frequency works best for everyone.
Pick a time that is not only convenient for you, but also for fellow small group point people. Consider traffic, church, work and family schedules. Lunchtime is usually a good time for Huddles to meet. Once your Huddle grows and you’ve met a few times, you should ask your Huddle members what meeting time works best for everyone.
Huddles typically last about two hours, but can go shorter or longer. Make sure there will be enough time to fellowship, share ideas, discuss issues and pray for each other.
Choose a place where people will be comfortable sitting for a couple of hours to talk. This might be a local coffee shop, restaurant or even a meeting room at your church. Many Huddles change locations based on the different Huddle members who are hosting it at their church on a given date.
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Initially, you will want to promote & invite people to join your huddle on a grass roots level through personal invitation, phone calls, text, email & social media. Specifically share what it is, when it is & where it is. Do an internet search of churches in your area that do small groups and take down the contact info of their small group point person. Call them to introduce yourself and to invite them to your Huddle.
We know that some of you live and do ministry in remote areas many miles away from other small group point people. If this is you, consider starting an online Huddle where you can meet online with others to find encouragement and to share ideas and resources relating to small group ministry. Just choose the “online” Huddle option when registering your Huddle. You choose what online platform your Huddle will use.
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