3. Ongoing training with small-group mentors or coaches.
We have another meeting once the groups begin to discuss how things are going and address any concerns or needs leaders have. Outside of this meeting, our mentors or coaches will continue to reach out and engage leaders to meet any other needs they may have.
4. Celebrate accomplishments.
We end each semester with a celebration where leaders share what God has been doing in their small groups. This reinforces that God can use even the broken to lead his flock. We also intentionally invite potential group leaders to this celebration so they can see firsthand what’s happening in our small-group ministry. Seeing what God is up to often encourages them to pursue leadership.
At The Simple Church, “leader” sums up what we ask our volunteers to do. For us, so much of small groups is leading people to mature and grow in Christ, so our leaders need to do more than set a great atmosphere. Your church may decide you’re looking for something else. Whether we call them leaders, hosts, or something else entirely, it’s crucial that we are clear about what we expect from our volunteers, find a title that matches the responsibility, and provide training so they can effectively serve.
—Peri Gilbert is Small Group Coordinator at The Simple Church in Bossier City, Louisiana.