Small group leaders are awesome. They’re the most important people in any local church. They have a big job with many tasks, but there’s one task that surpasses them all. The greatest thing a small group leader can do is give their job away. Here’s why that matters.
It matures other people
Remember that we grow mature by helping others pursue God. That’s why small group leaders are the most mature people in the room. But if you want to help others mature, you need to give away responsibility. Let them co-lead the group. Train them how. Encourage them to mentor people outside the group and at home. Teach them how to do what you do so they, too, can grow mature.
It helps you stay sane
Leading a group well is fun and exciting. That’s why it’s tempting to hoard your power and make people dependent upon you. Many small group leaders (and even pastors) want to be the superstar. According to Jesus, that’s crazy. He created his church to work like a body with many interdependent parts. So it will drive you insane trying to shepherd everyone around you. Quit it. Share the ministry with as many people as possible.
It empowers the next generation
Everybody dies. If small group leaders don’t equip others, their gift dies with them. That’s why Jesus was so intent on equipping and empowering his disciples to carry on his work. He even came back from the dead and put on a seminar for them. You won’t be able to do that, so you’ll have to train people while you’re alive. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
If you want to thrive as a small group leader, give your job away.
- 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?
- What are some reasons why small group leaders have trouble giving ministry away to others?
- Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-21. What does the “body” analogy teach us about small groups?
- How is a small group limited if leadership remains in the hands of just one person?
- Why is it so important to empower the next generation of leaders?
- What are some practical ways that leaders can reproduce their leadership in others?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.