“Leading a small group is more like gardening than being a mechanic” Greg Bowman
Knowing your group’s objectives, goals and purpose is essential to leading successfully. If your church has not clarified those for you, gather your group together and discuss goals and make a plan for 2015.
We have determined three objectives for our groups: Community, Care, Foundational Bible study.
1. Develop Community:
“Nothing unites a group
like a common project or common enemy.”
Here are a few things we emphasize groups have on their calendars in order to help build community:
–Party monthly: Each group should have a “party monthly” where we can just be real. We suggest one of these per quarter be intentionally for inviting our unconnected friends.
–Mission trip: If a common project unites the group, then plan for a mission trip every few years.
–Serve together: How fast can you rally your group to serve someone outside the group? Build an atmosphere of “serving is normal” so that it is not a scheduled event but a lifestyle/’groupstyle.’ (A common enemy is something like a crisis, someone in the group gets cancer.)
–Leave time after the meeting for chat time! Community is built through conversations, not lectures.
–Plan ahead increases participation
2. Care for people:
Care builds relationships.
Relationships increase transparency.
Transparency makes way for discipleship.
If you are leading a small group, it probably has a lot to do with God directing you to lead, shepherd, care and disciple people. One way we see spiritual growth happening is via “Relationships and Conversations” You disciple people because you care about them. To care for people means listening, spending time with and even serving together.
How are you doing on these? With whom in your group do you have neither of these?
3. Conduct Foundational Bible Study:
“Bible study at least twice a month, party once
a service project every month.”
“A. Study the Bible for yourself, but not just by yourself
B. Never engage the text without encountering the author
C. Read the Bible for transformation, not just information.”
Leading Life-Changing Small Groups, Bill Donahue
4. Continue to develop your Leadership:
“If you are interested in being interested…”
the you should naturally be interested in
constantly developing in your leadership abilities.
Check out this Youtube video for our Leadership Camp experience:
-Take advantage of training and developing opportunities
-Take advantage of free books
-Take advantage of leadership development opportunities at your church.