I just want all small group leaders to know that you were on my mind this morning (in a non-awkward way) so I figured that I would write a quick post to you. Here are 4 simple things that you must do each week to make sure that your small group has an opportunity to reach its potential:
- Pray for your students– if you are not actively praying for your students, it will show in the way that you minister to them. Students can pick up on a leader who genuinely cares for them, and they also can pick up on a leader who does not care for them. Take the time to pray every week for your students by name.
- Plan for your small group– Take time to think about discussion questions before you arrive. I know that I provide our small group leaders with what I am teaching on weeks in advance so that they can actively plan for their small group. Think about fun questions to get the conversation going. This is small group ministry with an intentional purpose behind it. Have an intentional purpose and goal for where you want to be by the end of this week’s small group. Students know if you have planned or are winging it every week by the way.
- Notice those who are not there– Each week, you need to take note of the ones who were not at your small group, and look for ways to connect with them. Maybe you need to send a text telling them that they were missed. Maybe send a facebook message or a tweet. The key is that the one who missed feels missed.
- Discipleship is the Main Objective– Look, relationships are fun and the bridge to discipleship, but never forget the main objective is discipleship. Your goal is not to babysit a group of students. Your goal is not to make sure that they behave and do not disrupt. Your goal is not to only have fun with them. These are all a part of the means, but the core objective to you being a small group leader is discipleship. Make this your main goal, and plan how you are going to get there. This should be your greatest concern. Set goals for them, dream with them, and believe in them.