6 Ways to Really Help Your Small Group Leaders, by Michael Bayne

6 Ways to Really Help Your Small Group Leaders


6 Ways to Really Help Your Small Group Leaders
Every small group leader needs help.

Every small group leader needs help … not random, every-once-in-a-while help, they need consistent help. One of the major battles for any volunteer is feeling inadequate for the the challenge they have signed up for. When people agree to come onto our teams as volunteers, they all feel nervous. It really doesn’t matter if they are a high power leader in their day job. When they step on your ministry turf to volunteer, they are stepping into the unknown.

Every week, small group leaders show up and try to prepare for the unknown. I’m a small group leader for my community group of adults, so I know the feeling. I volunteered for the role and I invited weekly uncertainty into my life as I try to lead my group. Small group leaders need a few consistent things from us if we are going to provide them with the HELP they need …

  • Consistent Encouragement—Volunteering is a challenge, so go ahead and find ways to encourage small group leaders as they invest in others. Every leader at every level needs to know he or she is valued.
  • Consistent Information—Small group leaders need access to the right information at the right times. Make sure your small group leaders know the answers to questions their group may be asking.
  • Consistent Advice—When small group leaders have problems, they need to know you are available to process. Create a culture where it’s OK to ask for help.
  • Consistent Vision—Vision leaks … we forget why we do what we do. Why matters as much as what we do.
  • Consistent Resources—Small group leaders need high-quality resources that set them up to create great group experiences. Great resources help group leaders have a better shot at engaging their group.
  • Consistent Prayer—Small group leaders need to know they are covered with prayer, and we need to commit to lift them up on a regular basis. Group leads to spiritual growth, so group needs to be empowered by the power of God. We have to invite God into the process!

You will help small group leaders when you consistently create systems that provide real help. Volunteers are not always good at asking for help, so make sure to start helping even before they ask! 

Michael Bayne Michael Bayne is a follower of Christ, husband, dad, and pastor passionate about reaching the next generation for Christ. Michael serves as the Student and Family Pastor at Grace Community Church, Clarksville TN. Connect with Michael at http://www.michaelbayne.net or at http://www.twitter.com/michael_bayneMore from Michael Bayne or visit Michael at www.michaelbayne.net

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