I feel that small groups are the key to developing people into fully devoted followers of Christ. They are the place where people make connections to God and to one another. The Great Commission is a command of Christ that is given to individual believers, not to the church at large (Matthew 28:18, 19, 20). If we really believe that, it is an insult to our faith if we don’t seriously ask the question, “What can I do to help fulfill the Great Commission?” I submit to you that nearly anyone can learn how to lead a small group.
The key is not to focus so much on the teaching part. We all feel inadequate to teach others the Bible concerning spiritual things; after all, we are all just sinners saved by grace, no one is perfect. But do not let that false humility keep you from obeying the commands of Christ. I feel the better role of a small group leader is that of a shepherd more than a teacher (read here about the difference). God uses our weaknesses to bring himself glory (1 Corinthians 1:25, 27, 4:10, 2 Corinthians 12:10).
So, here is a brief summary of what I expect out of a small group leader:
To host or facilitate a small group to love God, love others and make disciples.
- Has a heart for God.
- Has a teachable spirit.
- No addiction or moral issues (drugs, alcohol, cohabitation, etc.) that would set a bad example for others to follow or bring shame on the name of Jesus Christ.
- No current marital struggles (i.e. infidelity, separation, divorce in process, etc.).
- Will dedicate enough time to adequately facilitate the small group (average of three hours/week).
- Will communicate updated group roster information to me (or a small groups coach).
- Will participate in leader training meetings provided by KGBC.
- Cultivate Relationships: Build a sense of community within the group through interaction, mutual prayer, and follow-up outside the group meeting time.
- Promote Shared Ownership: Every group member should contribute to the group in some way (discussion leader, activity planner, follow-up calls, food, host home, etc.).
- Identify Potential Group Leaders: Keep an eye out for others within the small group who may be candidates to host or lead a small group down the line.