The Leader's Role in Building Trust

The Leader's Role in Building Trust

How well are you modeling trust and authenticity to your group?
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  • 39 and under: The group leader needs to work hard on improving in the area addressed by this group of questions.

Total Score

  • 128 and above: This indicates an excellent job by the group leader in modeling trust and authenticity and creating a group environment where these things can flourish.
  • 80-127: The group leader is clearly doing some modeling of trust and authenticity and creating a group environment where these things can flourish. However, there is also significant room for growth.
  • 79 and under: The group leader needs to work hard on improving as a model of trust and authenticity. They are not doing the things that create a group environment where these things can flourish.

Moving Forward

Whether the results from this assessment are negative or positive, see it as a blessing. Remember why you agreed to lead a small group in the first place. I doubt it was so you could always feel comfortable and lead people in shallow conversations. No, you chose to be a leader because you care about your spiritual growth and the spiritual growth of others. The goal is not comfort; it is transformation and authentic community. These things will never happen unless you are real about the things that need to change.

Make some goals to improve how you model trust and authenticity for your group. Be sure to tell your coach, too, so he or she can check in with you and encourage you along the way. Be intentional, and know that God is using you to build a culture of trust and authenticity in your group where everyone can grow. May God bless and guide you as you tackle this honor and responsibility.

—Trevor Lee; copyright 2012 by Christianity Today International.

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