Finding New Small-Group Leaders

Does the search for Small-Group Leaders ever end?

Does the search for small group leaders ever end? If you are the small groups pastor or lay leader and your ministry is multiplying, and it needs to be to keep it healthy, the answer is no. When I first started the small group ministry at Bay Area Fellowship, I looked up and realized I was spending a huge amount of my time trying to find new leaders. I remember thinking how great it would be someday when I could sit back, relax, and focus on other things. 170 groups later, I am still waiting for that break. Finding new leaders was the number one issue I faced when I had five groups, and it is the number one issue I face with 175 groups. It has not changed for me, and I doubt if it will change for you. One of the great growth moments for me as a Pastor was when I accepted the fact that the break I was hoping for was not coming. Once you have accepted that fact, you can work on a plan to deal with the inevitable.

If finding leaders is an ongoing problem, how do you deal with it without letting it frustrate you or rob you of your desire to lead? I have seen too many pastors who gave up on small groups because they got tired of always having to deal with the lack of leaders. It is hard enough to find leaders to start with, but then add the existing leaders that quit on you, and some pastors feel like they are constantly taking two steps forward and three steps back. Because I did not want to lose my heart for small groups, I decided I needed a plan to deal with this issue.

I realized pretty quickly that I had already personally asked everyone I knew to lead a small group and that a new plan was needed because that just was not working. It came to me that the best resource for new leaders was current leaders. I had to ask myself, ...

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