A successful small group leader does more than guide a discussion or take prayer requests. To lead a small group that helps people pursue God requires seven strategic activities.
Use this list to keep track of how you are doing as a small group leader. If you keep your focus on these seven tasks, you will have a great group that actually succeeds at helping people go full-circle in their pursuit of God.
- Create a caring environment. Care for the people in your group, and help them care for and support each other.
- Mentor and train mentors. Mentor people in the group one-on-one, as needed. More importantly, train them to mentor each other.
- Give ministry away. Everything you do to lead the group can be done by someone else, as you equip, delegate, and follow through. Let others take leadership.
- Build a team. Don’t lead alone. Recruit and train people to be co-leaders.
- Plan and assess your group. With your team, take stock often of where your group and its members are in their growth toward maturity. (Use the Small Group Feedback Form.) Make specific plans to improve. Don’t just wing it, and don’t be content just cranking out a meeting every week.
- Cast vision for what matters most. Keep reminding and encouraging people that the goal of a small group is to equip and empower them to the point that each of them can help others pursue God.
- Pray. Only God can change hearts. Make it a habit to pray often for your group – with your team and on your own.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- How is this picture of group leadership different from what you are used to in small groups?
- What do you think is missing from this list, and why?
- Which of these seven key activities do you find easiest? Most difficult?
- Explain how a leadership team can succeed at these tasks better than an individual leader.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.