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

Signs of an Effective Small Group

Can you believe March is already here? It is insane how fast 2014 is flying by. In our student ministry, we begin small groups for the year in August when the school year starts for our students. We then conclude them in May, and do not have small groups over the summer. Throughout the year, we have evaluated small groups and their effectiveness. I want to share a few thoughts with you regarding how to determine an effective small group.  Consistent Students– If your students constantly miss for no real good reason, there is a problem. In the most effective … Continue reading Signs of an Effective Small Group

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

5 Ways to Show your Students you Love them

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 … Continue reading 5 Ways to Show your Students you Love them

10 Ways to Make Your Small Group Effective this Year

I have been a small group leader for years and believe in healthy small groups. I now oversee around 15 small groups for our student ministry. I have seen the ineffectiveness of a small group as well as the effectiveness of a small group. I want to share with you the top 10 ways to make your small group effective this year. Build strong Relationships with the students– Get to know them, attend a ball game for them, talk and connect with them outside of Wednesday night youth group. The spiritual truth that you want to share and instill in … Continue reading 10 Ways to Make Your Small Group Effective this Year

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