- The ministry champion helps the group find opportunities to serve together within the church. The ministry champion also coordinates meals and support for group members in crisis (sickness, death in the family, new child, and so on).
- The evangelism champion oversees the outreach plans of the small group and helps the group participate in missions projects.
Developing purpose champions in your small groups does two things. First, it helps your groups become more balanced and healthy, because you'll have people focused on each of the purposes. Small groups have a tendency to drift toward one or two of the purposes (often fellowship or discipleship) if there aren't people passionate enough about the other purposes to balance the group.
Also, developing purpose champions helps you get people in the game who may never have had an opportunity, otherwise. Instead of one leader who dominates the group, you'll have five leaders who are all being challenged with the responsibility of leadership.
So don't let your small-group leaders become ball hogs. Get everyone in the game and watch as new leaders emerge.
—Steve Gladen is the small-groups pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, and author of Don't Lead Alone.
Copyright © 2008 by the author and Saddleback Church.