In a way, simply gathering together fosters relationship with others. However, if a group simply focuses on a topical book or Bible study and the conversation mostly stays at an abstract level, it may be difficult for relationships to grow in the group. Creating times within your gatherings to help strengthen bonds and occasionally devoting your whole gathering to social purposes are great ways to grow withward.


  • Ice-breakers can feel awkward, but they can also help warm the relational waters of your group. Every group usually has someone who has the right kind of social intelligence and energy to lead a fun silly game.
  • Have a games night!
  • Organize a memorable and fun and shared experience. Go to a cultural, sporting, or entertainment event together. There is always someone in your group who has their eye on what’s happening around town and in the city. Have him or her plan an event once in a while.
  • Organize a movie
  • Attend a public lecture