I believe that leaders who sign up to be a small group leader do care about their students, but sometimes struggle with showing them that they care. If they did not care at all, they would not be there. So, how can leaders show the students this school year that they care for their students?
- Pray for them– Every leader should pray for their students regularly. Students can feel if you truly pray for them or not. They will be able to tell if you are praying for them, because you treat people differently when you are actively praying for them.
- Attend something that they are into– If they play a sport, attend a game that they are playing in. If they are in band, attend the band recital. If they enjoy skating, visit them at the skate park to watch them show you their tricks.
- Visit their home– It means something to a student when you are willing to visit them at home. Show up to throw football or play a video game, but you being there is a huge testimony of the love that you have for them.
- Keep them Accountable– Look, God disciplines us when we do wrong to show us that He loves us and wants to develop our character. We do this with our kids. One specific way you can show a student that you care is intervene when they are doing wrong. Now, do not seek to embarrass them or make it public, but go to them in private holding them accountable for something that they are into. Students might not like it at first, but they will eventually see that you cared enough for them that you were willing to have a difficult conversation with them.
- Remind them regularly of their potential– Students must feel that you believe in them. Do not constantly be negative to them. Do not always point out their flaws, but point out their strengths as well. Encourage them to continue doing right. Praise them for the good that they are doing more than rebuking them for the bad that they are doing.