Leading a small group ministry is an extraordinary opportunity. Too often, those of us who pilot this ministry think like small group leaders and miss one important fact… We are no longer shepherding a group of twelve, we are now managing a movement. Small Groups max out. Movements grow, and managing a growing movement demands the building of people and teams of people. We must be finding and building small group leaders constantly. If not, we will find ourselves needing coaches and division leaders but have no one prepared to take on those important roles.
We have all been inundated with information outlining what small group leaders need. We have probably concluded that small group leaders need to be consistently encouraged, need ongoing training, need the resources necessary to accomplish what they are expected to achieve, need a meaningful relationship with the individual directly overseeing their work, and that the vision must purposefully and continuously be revisited with small group leaders. If you did not have all of that, now you have it in just a few short sentences. Enjoy! However, if this is all we do to train small group leaders we will have linear leaders and no future higher level leaders.
My experience has shown that small group leaders not only need these things, they also require being part of a team, a team that not only makes decisions, but also works together to make the vision a reality. When small group leaders feel like they are part of this important team, a team that sees the bigger picture and is involved in painting that picture, they will be enthusiastic about staying on board for a lifetime and moving up the ladder of leadership.
Those of us who spearhead small group ministries have some ...