- Attend training together. When your church has leadership training, recognition, or other small-group leadership events, the whole core team should attend. If your church only invites the main leaders to these trainings, extend an invitation to your core team. (Of course, make sure you've received approval from your church ministry leader first.)
4. Extend the Kingdom
Core teams make for healthier small groups, and healthy small groups grow. As you move to a core-team model, your group will surely grow and multiply. It is just the natural result (the fruit) of doing small-group leadership as a team, leading from the second chair, and enjoying the role without the burnout.
Groups that are led by second-chair leaders who share leadership with a core team send out new leaders more easily and quite naturally. It does not need to be forced. In my church, we do not put any time limits or even group size limits on groups. We simply help them to be healthy and let it happen spontaneously.
You can set a goal for group multiplication in the future. Think of it as a group "win." But then focus more on the health of your group, which will produce the win, than on the win itself. In other words, don't force it. Let God add to your number daily those being saved. Let him make things grow. Team with him and your core team to see God's Kingdom extended to more and more people.
Core-team leadership is far more fun and rewarding than leading alone!
—Excerpted from Burnout-Free Small Group Leadership (TouchUSA, 2009), by Michael Mack. Used with permission.