My wife and I have always been members of churches with a Sunday School program until we joined our current church, Restoration Church in Wake Forest, NC. Now, we attend a small group that meets in a home on Tuesday nights, and we’re learning more about this approach.
In my opinion, the leader of either type of group makes or breaks the group. So, here are some questions all small group leaders need to consider:
- How deeply are you walking with God? Would you welcome your group members to walk beside you every moment for the next week, seeing exactly where your walk with God lands? You should stand before your group with integrity in your Christian walk.
- What is your goal for the group in 2017? If you can’t name specific goals for this year, you’re probably leading on the fly.
- How do you make sure that teaching and applying the Bible remains central when the group meets? It’s so easy to get diverted to some other discussion that sounds good, but that never returns to the Scriptures. It’s the leader’s job to keep the discussion focused on the Word.
- What’s your plan for multiplying the group? If you have no plan, your group won’t multiply – and if you don’t plan to multiply, your group likely lacks an outward, evangelistic focus. Your group might even be your own little kingdom.
- Who is the apprentice you’re training to lead the next group when your group multiplies? If you can’t name him or her (or aren’t at least looking for someone), you’re not being the best leader. He or she might be the most gifted, cooperative, involved member of your group – that’s the kind of person you should want to send out.
- What are you doing to train the children of your group? Sunday School-based small groups can often answer this question more readily, but all of us need to answer it. We must train our next generation even while we train adults.
- What is your approach to the group’s sharing personal concerns? Learning how, when, and what to share is not an insignificant need. In my opinion, some groups are unwisely too open with too many people in the room.
- What percentage of your group’s regular attenders are non-believers or unchurched? If there are none, your group might have turned inwardly.
- Does everyone in the group know each other’s Christian story? Hearing what God has done in each group member’s life goes a long way toward creating group unity.
- Do you pray for all your group members at least weekly? If not, I encourage you to start. Shepherd your group from your knees.
What questions would you add to this list?