3 Things Every Group Leader Needs From Their Groups Pastor

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 … Continue reading 3 Things Every Group Leader Needs From Their Groups Pastor

Ways to Encourage Youth Leaders

All youth leaders need encouragement. Sure, many are humble and would never admit it, but deep down, everyone needs encouragement. This is something that many youth pastors fail to do (myself included). We forget that the ministry actually rises and falls on our youth leaders in many cases, not the youth pastor. The youth leaders are the ones who are doing the hands on discipleship and relationship building in the youth ministry. Therefore, they need encouragement. I am going to work on this more this semester in our student ministry. Here are a few ways that we can encourage leaders: … Continue reading Ways to Encourage Youth Leaders

Thursday Small Group Leader Reminders

Small Group Leaders, 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 … Continue reading Thursday Small Group Leader Reminders

5 Monday Reminders to Small Group Leaders

I believe that small groups are essential and the best way to do effective student ministry in today’s culture. To have an effective small group, you must have an effective small group leader. I would venture to say that the effectiveness of your small group ministry hinges on the small group leaders. You get the point. Small group leaders, you are very important to the success of the student ministry. I want to share 5 thoughts that are on my mind this morning that I want small group leaders to know: You get what you put into it– You know … Continue reading 5 Monday Reminders to Small Group Leaders

6 Things Every Small Group Leader Must Do

This is not only for our small group volunteers, but every small group leader must do these 6 things to be effective: Be there for the right reasons– Students know if you are there for any other reason than to love them. If you are there watching your own kids, or you feel guilty for not being involved in a ministry of the local church, or if you are doing it out of routine. Students can pick up on it from a mile away so be there for the right reasons. Genuinely Love your Students– Once again, students will know … Continue reading 6 Things Every Small Group Leader Must Do

The Importance of Regular Volunteer Meetings

Last year, our volunteer team did not meet nearly as much as we should. Our church is an extremely busy church, and most of our volunteers are involved in several different ministries of the church so it was difficult to find times to meet regularly. I felt like we always had to move our meetings to another time because of a conflict on the schedule. Well, I learned a lot throughout the year of rare meetings, and am going to be more intentional in our meetings this year. I want to give you a few thoughts on volunteer meetings and … Continue reading The Importance of Regular Volunteer Meetings

How to Plan a Small Group Leadership Seminar

Recently, we had a leadership seminar with my adult leaders. It was a huge success, and we look forward to doing another one in the future. I want to give you a few thoughts on how to plan an effective leadership seminar for your adult leaders. Schedule a date early– Many adult leaders have families, and it is important and respectful to plan your seminar early so that they can plan on being in attendance. I would recommend at least 6-8 months out of planning. Decide what topics you would like to train your leaders on– It is important that … Continue reading How to Plan a Small Group Leadership Seminar