This last summer I took the time to do a little unscientific research on staffing ratios in small group ministries around the country. Having just come off the 40 Days of Purpose campaign, I was very tired and worn and I needed to know if I was unduly whining about all the work I was doing, or if I had a genuine concern. My workload nearly doubled after the campaign and I was already doing too much. As such, I wanted to know how other churches were supporting their small group ministries with paid staff, both in the role of pastors and administrative assistants (for future reference, the term pastor refers to both men and women, directors, ministers, etc). I figured I would find plenty of people doing too much work, but probably not more than the average pastor who often finds himself working way too many hours. About the only paid ministry people I know working a 40-hour workweek are those listed as "part-time." As I have said for years, there are no part-time pastors.
I started my research by networking with peer small group people in the area. Like me, they all have other duties assigned to them even if their titles are "Small Group Pastor." They are their church's small group point person, plus one or more other things. Consider this scenario as problem number one.
I also sent out a few emails to friends and acquaintances around the country and asked them the same questions. Besides having multiple job descriptions, just about everyone feels they need more administrative support. Very few churches I contacted, even "mega" churches, have one or more dedicated paid administrative support staff in their small group ministry. Consider this problem number two.
After hearing the same story over and over about problem one and ...