My high school small group has grown to 15 freshman guys this year. I have nine guys that were all in a junior high group for the past two years and then I have six new guys. So far they are all getting along great and what started out as two groups is slowly becoming one group. Steven I wrote a few weeks ago about ways to integrate new students into an existing group, and I’ve been doing all of the suggestions we talked about in that post.
But one thing I have noticed the past two weeks is the seating arrangement in the room. I have my new guys on one side of the room and the old existing group sitting together on the other side of the room. Last night I came up with an idea. I had them count off in groups of three. After they all had a number from 1 to 3, I explained to them that next week, all of the 1′s will sit on one side of the room, all of the 2′s on one side and the 3′s on the end. I’m hoping this will help to further integrate them into one big group. That and the fact that we are doing a small group sleep over this week will help bond them even more.
I’ll let you know next week how my seating arrangement worked out.
If you have any suggestions for helping to integrate new students into an existing group, we’d love to hear from you!