Today's activity – Arrange to have nametags and markers for your next group meeting.
One of the strongest appeals of a Bible study group is the opportunity to be known, to belong to a group of people who know your name, and know who you are. This possibility is so strong that sometimes we make an assumption that it is actually happening. You can not make the assumption that people know everyone in the group, so provide nametags every week. My friend David Francis calls this idea one of the three biblical keys of effective Bible study; kenosis, koinonia, and knametags!
My wife Tracy has always been faithful to Bible study. She made a comment in class one Sunday, immediately after her comment a man in the class decided to follow up, and said, "Yeah, I agree. I want to say something about what.. uhhhh… SHE said." Although she didn't lose sleep over it, Tracy told me it really bothered her that she had been attending her class for months, and many people did not know her name.
This Sunday, ask everyone to wear a nametag… and wear one yourself. No assumptions… right?