- “Give the person receiving ministry an understanding of the root of the issue and a desire to allow Christ to heal that wounded root.”
- “Give the members ministering to the person words of encouragement, supernatural knowledge to get to the root of the issue, and the ability to maintain healthy boundaries.”
Some members need a lot of ongoing ministry and possibly professional Christian counseling. Your role as the group’s leader is to recognize this and act sensitively and responsibly, knowing your group is only able to do so much for someone.
Are you ready to make a change?
If you’re excited about the possibilities of helping every member of your group become a minister and changing up meeting dynamics, it’s worth finding out whether your group members are willing. You will certainly face challenges and experience unforeseen outcomes, but powerful, Christ-centered ministry is not orderly—and it is rarely predictable.
When you delegate ministry to your members and help them learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and act in obedience, your small-group meetings will no longer be drudgery. And, they might just be shorter, too!
—Randall Neighbour is the President of TOUCH Outreach Ministries and the author of The Naked Truth About Small Group Ministry: When it Won’t Work and What To Do About It.