SMALL Group Resources – Locations

Reminder: As a Highlands Church Small Group Facilitator, you are a representation of Highlands wherever you choose to meet for your Small Group. During your Small Group, be sure to lead the way as you strive for excellence and honor everyone.

Some ways you can set that example is by honoring the servers, baristas, hostesses, etc. in the location you choose. Be sensitive to the hours of operation so that you can honor their closing hours. If you are meeting in your home, honor your guests by maintaining a clean, excellent environment so that your group members are not hindered or distracted from what God is doing in your group.

Below is a list of locations for you to choose from for your Small Group with information to help you in your decision.

Your Home
Group Size Accommodations: Dependent on your home
Pros:

  • You can control the atmosphere of your home.
  • The intimacy of your home is ideal for more sensitive or emotional topics.
  • Meeting in a home minimizes distractions.
  • Depending on the size of your home, it may accommodate larger groups better than other locations.
  • Opportunity for excellent hospitality toward guests by cleaning, preparing, and hosting.

Cons:

  • It may be uncomfortable for some participants to come to a stranger’s home.
  • Meeting at a home means that hospitality duties fall on the home owner, including cleaning and preparing the home for guests and straightening up after they leave, and possibly providing snacks & drinks.
  • If you have a smaller home with limited seating, may not be accommodating for larger groups.

Coffee Shop
Group Size Accommodations: 2-15
Pros:

  • Public, central location may be more convenient for members than a home.
  • Meeting outside of your home eliminates hospitality duties like cleaning and preparing the home for guests and cleaning up after they leave, and there is no need to provide snacks & drinks.
  • Meeting in a public place is a great opportunity for Highlands Small Groups to have a presence in the community.

Cons:

  • No control over atmosphere, surrounding environment, and noise level.
  • No privacy; Group members may not feel that they can be as vulnerable or open in sharing.
  • Seating options may not be accommodating for larger groups. Busy business hours may limit seating as well.

Park
Group Size Accommodations: 2-20
Pros:

  • Public, central location may be more convenient for members than a home.
  • Meeting outside of your home eliminates hospitality duties like cleaning and preparing the home for guests and cleaning up after they leave, and there is no need to provide snacks & drinks.
  • Meeting in a public place is a great opportunity for Highlands Small Groups to have a presence in the community.
  • Open space for activities & fresh air/nature for the outdoorsy types.

Cons:

  • No control over atmosphere, surrounding environment, and noise level.
  • No privacy; Group members may not feel that they can be as vulnerable or open in sharing.
  • May be limited by weather unpredictability.
  • May be limited by daylight hours. Some parks close at sunset.
  • May not be a secure area for students to meet.

Restaurant Party Room / Conference Room
Group Size Accommodations: 2-15
Pros:

  • Public, central location may be more convenient for members than a home.
  • Meeting outside of your home eliminates hospitality duties like cleaning and preparing the home for guests and cleaning up after they leave, and there is no need to provide snacks & drinks.
  • Meeting in a public place is a great opportunity for Highlands Small Groups to have a presence in the community.
  • Reserving a separate party room or conference room allows for more focused conversations with less distractions and surrounding noise.

Cons:

  • Limited control over atmosphere, surrounding environment, and noise level.
  • Limited privacy; Group members may not feel that they can be as vulnerable or open in sharing.
  • Seating options may not be accommodating for larger groups. Busy business hours may limit seating or available reservations as well.