A Biblical Model for Small Groups
Before looking at the specifics of your small group establish a biblical basis for the group.
CIC suggests reading Hebrews 10:22 -25 which ends with the words...
"And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more, as you see the day drawing near."
Hebrews 10 verses 22 – 25 tells us to...
1) draw near to God
2) hold fast our confession of hope
3) stimulate one another to love and good deeds
The first exhortation encompasses worship and prayer and the enjoyment of being in God's presence, the second encompasses our grounding in the Word of God and in our faith, while the third addresses application and action.
God intends His followers to meet together for fellowship, for prayer and encouragement, centered around the truth and promises of His Word. Another function of a small group is to serve as people resources for ministry. This should happen individually. It may also happen collectively as a group. You can think of it as burning those spiritual calories gained by feasting on the riches of God's Word. God never intended us to get fat on His Word, rather, to receive the spiritual nourishment necessary to go out and serve Him. Often a small group of believers will realize a synergy whereby the total effect is much greater than the sum of the individual parts.
Helps for the Leader
The leader of the small group needs to see himself or herself as a facilitator, not as a lecturer.
The crucial question the leader needs to consider in the shift from a personal study to leading a group study is this: "Of the things learned in the passage, what should be told to the people and what should they discover for themselves?" The final question to keep in the leaders mind is "What are we as a group going to take away from this passage and apply to our lives?"
With skill, humility, and compassion, you will lead others to biblical truths.