25 Small Group Facilitator Tips Small Groups

Facilitator Tip #23 – Hold the Snacks

An important element of every small group is to have some snacks as part of the group. Here’s how to effectively have snacks part of your small group. 

HOLD THE SNACKS Carve out some time either at the beginning or the end of your small group for snack time. Three Elements of Your Small Group There are three main elements of your small group each week. Each week you need to do the Unifying Question, read the passage for the lesson (or watch the DVD session), and then go through he questions in your study guide. These three elements need to be done in order each week. In addition to those three elements you also want to have some prayer time and time for snacks in your group. Prayer time can either be done at the beginning of your small group or at the end of your small group. When you do them is not as important as making sure that you do them each week and that you are consistent in doing them each week at the same time. Less Distractions are Better Nothing is more distracting (and irritating) than someone getting up to grab a snack, dropping some of the floor, munching, and talking with a mouthful during the small group discussion time. Here are some thoughts on the distractions that snacks create for the people eating and the people not eating. People Not Eating Get Distracted When people are eating snacks in your small group it often distracts the people that are not eating the snacks. Every time someone gets up to get more snacks or a drink it distracts the group. When people drop food on the ground or spill their drink it distracts the rest of the group. Whenever there are a group of people eating there always is “that guy” that eats with his mouth open so that everyone can hear him. Then there are times when someone opens up and is sharing some heartfelt feelings with the group, and in the middle of that sharing someone gets up to go grab more snacks, in effect saying, “my hunger is more important than your sharing.” People Eating Get Distracted The people eating snacks in your group while the group is discussing the lesson also get distracted. Every time someone gets up to get food he takes his attention off the topic and focuses on food instead. He is thinking more about the food he is eating than he is on what the topic is that the group is discussing. Eating snacks during the group often means people can’t hold a Bible and a study guide at the same time, so they have to choose between snacks or a Bible/guide. Lastly, people that are eating snacks can’t share in the discussion because their mouths are full. Why Hold the Snacks When you limit snack time in your small group to after the discussion time, it limits distractions in your group, but it also provides a good fellowship time. This is because your group gets to enjoy the study time of your group, then there is a reason to gather around the snacks for a little food and fellowship after the group. (This snack time can also be before your group if you choose it to be.) If your group has snacks try to limit those snacks to only before the group begins or after the discussion has ended.


Carve out some time either at the beginning or the end of your small group for snack time.

Grow the Size of Your Small Group Small Groups

Small Group Growth Tip #1 – Sharpen Your Facilitation Skills

In my early years of serving as a small groups pastor I often would talk to a person interested in joining a small group, refer him to the small group facilitator, then would find out that no one showed up for the group. Thus, I developed these ten tips because several of our groups had ten people sign up to be part of a group, then when the group was ready to start only two people showed up the first night.

10 Tips to Grow the Size of Your Your Small Group

Following these ten tips will increase the amount of people that show up for your small group.


“Do your planning and prepare your fields before
building your house.”
~ Prov 24:27

There are many different elements to a healthy small group. While you might select solid curriculum and provide tasty snacks, if you are a poor facilitator people will visit and not come back to your group. Here are a few basic tips to sharpen your facilitation skills.