Small group leaders are no different from the rest of us. Somehow we have developed in our minds that those we appoint as small group leaders just automatically grow on their own without needing the discipleship and accountability of a coach, mentor, or a pastor who oversees them.
Here is the main idea of this post: If you do not have a plan to grow your leaders, you cannot expect much to happen in the lives of your groups.
So, what do your group leaders need from you?
- Accountability – Every person regardless of their position needs accountability. Now, the word accountability in the traditional sense means someone who knows the deepest and darkest secrets of an individual. Now, you might have that relationship with your leaders, but I am not suggesting you must have that relationship. Accountability is just a means whereby you are evaluating and leading an individual toward growth. Are you doing this in the life of your group leaders?
- Training – This is where so many group pastors go wrong. I have failed in this area so many times. I do not care how mature your group leader appears to be, they need training. The traditional model would be to get your leaders to a training session. I am not suggesting that. Those are good, but usually you end up with a small percentage of leaders that attend. I think you pay the money to have someone come in and train your leaders or you train them yourself. Share blog posts to help them. Purchase them books. Speak leadership into them. Email them regularly with the intent to train and develop them.
- Appreciation – Every group leader needs appreciation. Do not forget this. Appreciate them financially. Get them gift cards for leading people. Appreciate them publicly. Call and text them regularly without an agenda, but rather just to tell them “thank you” and that you appreciate them.
Are you a small group leader? If so, what would you add to this list?
Are you a small groups coach or leader? If so, give me your list in the comment section below.