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

5 Reasons Groups are the Way to True Discipleship

I have grown up in a very traditional church setting. I have been to church for Sunday school, morning worship, evening worship, and evening Bible study since I was born. I know the drill, and I have been around people who know the drill as well. I recently took a new position where the structure is a bit different from what I am accustomed too. In this model, there is a Sunday morning, but small groups will ¬†meet in homes during the week. Many church leaders bulk at this idea, and often criticize these new models of church that so … Continue reading 5 Reasons Groups are the Way to True Discipleship

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

Leaders: Make Sure Your Students Know These 5 Things

Small group leaders are essential to effective student ministry. As the ministry grows, the youth pastor begins to rely more and more heavily on small group leaders. Students naturally want to open up, but it takes time and relationship building from their small group leader. For the students to experience the most growth, they must know several things about their relationship with you as the small group leader. Students must know that they can trust you…You will not get a student to open up about themselves if they do not feel that they can trust you. This is something that … Continue reading Leaders: Make Sure Your Students Know These 5 Things