What's the most basic description of a relationship? What is a relationship in its simplest form? It is talking to someone, listening to someone, and doing it repeatedly over a period of time. Most of our human relationships have this dynamic at their very core. It would be a stretch to say that if we only regularly talked to someone but never listened, that we had a true relationship with them. Likewise, if we listened to someone, but never talked, that wouldn't be a true relationship either. Or, how about if we talked and listened to someone one time, or maybe once or twice a year; would that be a relationship? I don't think so. The most basic components of a relationship require all three: talking, listening, and doing it repeatedly.
So what does this basic relationship dynamic look like in our relationship to God? It is an intimate listening (Bible reading) and talking (praying) to God, and doing it repeatedly day after day. It's really not rocket science. When average men and women, young girls and boys, take up the responsibility of talking and listening to God on a daily basis, God shows up. Miracles take place. Average people start doing above average things.
What is a church or small group community in its simplest form? It is simply the combination of one's personal relationship with God and their relationship with one another in the group—all talking, listening, repeatedly. The church or small group is just the more complex version (more people) of the simple relationship. It is a form that all can and must participate in, regardless of talents and gifts?
With that said, you know what the primary role of the small group leader or small group pastor is? You guessed it! Talking, listening, repeatedly! Specifically, ...