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What Every Small Group Leader Should Know

Next month, I’ve been invited to speak at a small group leader gathering at our church.  I’ve been asked to share my top 10 list of things that every small group leader should know.  I’m excited about this opportunity.  If you haven’t figured it out, I’m extremely passionate about small groups.  I truly believe they can provide a path for connection to others and to God.  I also believe that small groups play an important role in accountability and discipleship.  So I haven’t formulated my full list, but I’ve begun to process what I will share.

1.  The small group leaders are important.  They play a big part in helping people find community, find God, and find growth.  If you are a small group leader, you need to know that what you do matters.

2.  Small group leaders set the tone.  Whether or not you consider yourself a Biblical scholar, your group members look to you as an example.  For this reason, it’s important that small group leaders continue to model growth.  They should be in the Word.  They should develop disciplines that model growth.  Small group leaders aren’t perfect, but they must find others who will hold them accountable to setting the tone.

3.  Small groups are not about small group leaders.  Small groups aren’t meant to showcase your incredible “holiness” or biblical knowledge.  Small groups aren’t meant to show off how great you are as a leader.  Small groups are about the group – about pointing people to God.

4.  Small group leaders aren’t supposed to live on an island.  Leaders must find ways to stay strong and spiritually fervent.  They must also have a support team to provide guidance when small group life gets tough – and it usually will.

5.  Small group leaders must be invitational.  Intimacy and transparency in groups can be great, but it shouldn’t be an excuse not to invite others into the group.  I’m a big proponent of the “open chair” policy in small groups.  If you’re a small group leader, set the tone.  Make sure there is always an open chair in your group for new group members and guests.  Talk about it with your group.  Don’t let it be optional.

These are just some of my initial thoughts.  I’d love to hear what you think.

What would you add to the list?  What do you think every small group leader should know?

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September 23, 2011 - Posted by | church, leadership, small groups, stretch, teaching, thoughts

10 Comments »

  1. I like “Small groups are about the group – about pointing people to God.”

    That is very powerful man! I love it…

    Your List is coming out great!

    Keep it up!

    Comment by Arny Sanchez | September 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Arny! It’s a start, and I’m looking forward to processing the topic as the date approaches for this opportunity to share.

      Comment by jonstolpe | September 27, 2011 | Reply

  2. I think you nailed it!

    Comment by Brandon | September 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Brandon!

      Comment by jonstolpe | September 27, 2011 | Reply

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  4. Your absolutely right. I’ve always felt Small Group leaders set the tone by being open with the group and honest.

    I also like that you said that small groups aren’t about the leaders but the group. That’s right on. As long as leaders understand it’s not about them they can do a great job and it’s a great opportunity to serve others.

    You’ll do great!

    Comment by ramblinknight | September 25, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks for the encouragement, Ryan!

      Comment by jonstolpe | September 27, 2011 | Reply

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