"Hey…have you ever considered leading a small group?"That is usually what people think is the beginning of their journey into small group leadership.However, the journey begins much earlier in the unofficial, perhaps unnoticed steps.This leadership journey is a continuum that I call the 5 H's of a leader's journey:
- Hard work
Heart—Influence without the title.
Every leader's journey starts within their heart.Something inside them starts to stir and they simply begin to influence people everywhere they go.They do not have a specific leadership role.They just begin to naturally care for people, pray for them, lead discussions with the group, take over when the regular leader is absent, and are generally very encouraging to people around them.
Humility—A recognition of their gifting
When people are asked to serve as small group leaders, many ask, "who, me?"They feel deeply honored and humbled that they could be used like that.Some people just do not see themselves as "leaders" in the traditional sense.They need someone to believe in them and remind them that they have been "leaders" for the past several months/years!Others feel grateful that what they have been doing has been noticed, and they are honored to serve in formal way now.
Honeymoon—when it is all new and exciting
Once the group begins, the leader usually goes through a honeymoon phase.Life is good.There is formal training at this point.There is public recognition of their group as a new group.New people begin to attend, and there is just an air of excitement!Attendance is good (there seems to be new people every week!), and there are few problems.This phase can last one month to about a year.That is typically when ...