Growing a small group ministry can seem like a large and impossible task when looking at it from the big picture perspective, but this is quite achievable when broken down to a smaller scale. God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called. When we select small group leaders, we say these people are faithful, available, and teachable. These people possess qualities that support they are called to be in this role. Once we have established these people and their callings, let’s equip them with the necessary tools they need to be successful as a small group leader. There are five things you need to do to ensure your team is building a strong and healthy small group ministry.
- Train your leaders: Training small group leaders can look different for all churches, but training is key to a small group finding success. Training can be in a group setting with all small group leaders or one-on-one. Things to include in the training are clear expectations of a leader, tips on facilitating discussions, and the commitment in return from the leader.
- Offer resources for your leaders: After training is complete, be sure there are ample resources ready and available for your leaders. Resources come in all shapes and sizes and can include online training, books, Bible study guides, outlines, book studies, and mentors. Each small group leader should have a person (in addition to the small group coordinator) they can reach out to with questions. Some people might call this person a “coach.”
- Follow up with your leaders: After training and providing resources, follow up is key. You always want to be sure your leaders have the resources they need and the time and opportunity to voice any concerns or ideas.
- Stay connected with your leaders: Check-in weekly or biweekly with every single small group leader. By staying connected, you ensure the leader and group members know you care about them and are available as a resource to them.
- Encourage your leaders: Tough seasons come and go, so it is essential we offer encouragement and love when we check in with our leaders.
If we do these five things, small groups will be set up for success and not a failure because the leaders will be set up to succeed. Although challenging, implementing these practices into your work flow will eventually reap a harvest in small groups like never before.