Appendix B: Guiding Questions for Planning Your Wesley @ Home Group

If you know you want to lead a Wesley @ Home group but don’t know where to start, we’ve got a few guiding questions to get you started. We will go over all of these during the Wesley @ Home planning workshops, so if you don’t know how to answer them don’t worry! But, we encourage you to go ahead and begin thinking about them as prompts for what type of group you might want to lead.

1. Have there been significant times when you have focused on God? What happened?

Think about a specific time in your life when you have focused on God. Maybe this was a particularly meaningful Bible study, a retreat with your high school youth group, or some other similar experience. What happened during that experience? What was it like for you to spend that intentional time focused on God? 

2. How would you connect with God right now? What would you do?

If you were asked to take some time to connect with God right now, what would you do? Maybe you’d go out for a hike in the woods, perhaps you’d draw or paint, or maybe you’d simply take your Bible and find a shaded spot on the Quad. Think about how you personally would connect with God right now, and consider how you can invite others into that.

3. What is something that, if done together, would build fellowship for you?

One of the primary goals of Wesley @ Home groups is to help the group build fellowship – that is, build deep, meaningful relationships with others in the community. What is an activity that, if you did it with others, would help build those relationships? Maybe it’s spending time together over a meal, or going for a walk together at the Riverwalk, or perhaps playing video games in your dorm or apartment. The answer to this question may well point you to the activity around which you want to base your Wesley @ Home group.

4. What are your favorite ways to serve others? Your community?

In addition to building fellowship, Wesley @ Home groups are intended to have an element of serving others, the campus, and the larger community. Think about ways of service that are particularly meaningful for you personally. Maybe this means serving at a soup kitchen, but it could also mean volunteering at the animal shelter or with the Red Cross. While we’ll offer some suggested ways to serve with each Wesley @ Home series, we believe that the most effective service your group can engage in is service that you enjoy and will want to do on a regular basis.

5. Who would you invite to your group?

Finally, who would you invite to your group? Initially, we’ll be asking who you would invite that is already at Wesley. However, we also encourage you to begin thinking now about who isn’t part of Wesley that you will want to invite over the course of the semester.