Planning for the Future

Identifying the key roles in your group ensures its long-term health.

As a leader, you're the champion for fulfilling the purposes of your group. It's critical, then, that you fully understand each member's role ahead of time. That will simplify figuring out who should be in them after your group kicks off. Below are several "job descriptions" of key roles in the group. You'll need to identify who can fill these roles—and then recruit members in your group for the position.

1. APPRENTICE LEADER

Purpose: To serve the group leader and regularly rotate leadership. This person is the future leader of tomorrow. "These things which you have heard from me…teach to faithful men who will be able to teach others also" (2 Tim. 2:2).

Possibilities:
Step 1: Share weekly responsibility within the group.
Step 2: Regularly rotate the leadership of the group.
Step 3: Stay in your existing group once completed, but eventually start a new short-term group.

Profile: Shepherd's heart, servant leadership, spiritual walk and spirit of humility.

2. MEMBERSHIP PURPOSE CHAMPION

Purpose: To champion the fellowship and community building activities within the small group (Heb. 10:24-25, Eph. 2:19).

Possibilities:
Step 1: Coordinate a group social and/or celebration of life.
Step 2: Follow up on new and absent people with calls and cards.
Step 3: Help assimilate people into the life of the church.

Profile: Social, fun-loving, encouraging and has hospitality gifts, gathering personality; a welcome-wagon type.

3. MATURITY PURPOSE CHAMPION

Purpose: To champion the spiritual growth and personal next steps of each member in your group (Col. 1:28, Eph. 4:15).

Possibilities: Step 1: Help the group share their progress in their spiritual journey. Step 2: Help ...

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