Small Groups:Equipping Your Small Group Leaders

The best way to expand your influence is to empower the leader.

This is our second week in the series on small groups. Last week we looked at the importance of atmosphere. We discussed how your small group plays a big role in creating an atmosphere for community. To check out last weeks article go here. This week we will be looking at Small Groups: Equipping Your Small Group Leaders. We will talk about the importance of investing in your small group leaders and ways you can start empowering them today!

My inspiration for this series has come from the book titled Creating A Lead Small Culture. it is an amazing and eye-opening read on the importance of small groups in your ministry. In the book it discusses the importance in investing in your small group leaders.

The book Creating A Lead Small Culture really drove the point empowering your small group leaders home with this statement:

If you believe THE SCOPE OF YOUR INFLUENCE IS DETERMINED BY THE SUCCESS OF YOUR LEADERS, it should motivate you to EMPOWER THE LEADER so they can lead.

Why is it so important to equip small group Leaders ?

If you don’t empower small group leaders, you will limit your influence to your own relational capacity. You may get to have great, focused influence on a few kids, but that’s about it.

If you don’t empower small group leaders, you will limit someone’s perspective on God to your individual perspective on God. Your voice is important, but it’s not the only voice kids need to hear.

If you don’t empower small group leaders, you will limit the Church, and you will send the message to the kids and adults you influence that ministry is best left in the hands of the “professionals.

1. Equipping your Small Group Leaders empowers your influence. Why? The book talks about the size of our individual influence.

The average person has a relational capacity of about five to eight people.

So if that’s the case when you empower your student leaders and say you have 8 so now  instead of influencing 8 people you’re influencing 64. Jesus had this figured out when he led the small group of the Disciples. Jesus taught the 12 disciples by living life with them and empowering them to do ministry. The Disciples reached and equipped more people after Christ’s ascension. Christ equipped the disciples to  impact the entire world. Empowering small group leaders empowers your influence.

2.Equipping your Small Group Leaders – Eliminates Limiting Someone’s Perspective on God.

you will limit someone’s perspective on God to your individual perspective on God.

I love what the book said on this,

Your voice is important, but it’s not the only voice kids need to hear.

This is so true when we don’t value or equip other leaders we limit development based on one view. One of my favorite classes in seminary was systematic theology. In the class we examined different views on many different areas of the bible  ultimately forming theology. The class was designed to allow the student to not just hear one sided views but several views on a topic in order to determine the individuals theologic conclusion. When I was a student taking systematic theology it allowed me the opportunity to define my own theology based on how I perceived the scriptures. During that time I removed some bad theology I had received throughout my life to that point. I look back at that time and it was a defining moment in my life. I had the opportunity to allow others voices to be heard on views of the Bible.

It’s important to empower Small Group Leaders the opportunity to pour into to students alongside ministers. When you empower  Small Group Leaders with the opportunity to be a part in the disciple making process  it gives them a sense of trust. The opportunity communicates to the small group leader that you believe in the to do an awesome job at what you asked them to do.

3.Equipping Small Group Leaders: Allows the Church to be what Christ called the Church to be.

If you don’t empower small group leaders, you will limit the Church, and you will send the message to the kids and adults you influence that ministry is best left in the hands of the “professionals.

When you choose not to value or empower small groups and small group leaders in your ministry you limit the Church. When Christ commissioned the church he did not say

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go all vocational ministers and make disciples of all nations…

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
-Matthew 28:19-20 ESV

The audience was the disciples, but who were the disciples? They were ordinary men fishermen and tax collectors. Ordinary men who were impacted by an extraordinary man named Jesus. Jesus gave us the ultimate example in leading small groups. Small groups were the method that Christ used to develop the first Disciples to impact the world for Him.Jesus empowered and equipped the disciples and thank God He did because they impacted the world.

Now that we know the Why let’s look at the How.

The book spoke to a great weekly to do list when training and equipping small group leaders. I loved the list because it helps keep you focused and also gives goals to meet in order to consistently equip your small group leaders.

1.Train Your SGL’s Weekly

You can and should do something every week to train your SGL’s. Whoever is responsible for your leaders should have a weekly to-do list that looks something like this:
MONDAY: Write and mail an SGL a note.
TUESDAY: Take an SGL out for coffee.
WEDNESDAY: Post about your monthly series to Instagram.
THURSDAY: Send all SGLs a weekly email.
SATURDAY: Text SGLs important information.
SUNDAY: Brag about groups publicly on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.”

Wow, now that is being intentional in investing in your leaders. I thought I was doing pretty good until I read this to do list.

2. Have Consistency Training

It really doesn’t matter what content you buy, develop or provide for small group leaders if you’re not consistent. If training is a hit or miss time small group leaders will pick up on that quickly. Consistency not only provides great training but also direction on what training is needed. As you train each week conversation and needs will rise up. Those concerns and needs will be topics of training for your small group leaders.

3. Write down your outcome

What you’re envisioning a student to become at the end of your ministry ? Write it down. When you see the outcome it helps you build the map to get there. Your outcome for the ministry  determines what map you will use in development and will help map trainings for your small group leaders.
Resource Feature

 

This Handbook is more than just a template, though you could use it that way if you’d like – it’s already filled with the actual materials that we use to train the volunteers in our ministry. Everything we’ve included in the Handbook is designed to be easily transferrable to your ministry – or at least to give you a great starting point as you adjust it to fit your needs.

– See more at:Stuff You Can Use

 

What Ways Are You Equipping Your Small Group Leaders? What’s working for you?

Originally posted 2015-02-11 10:00:00.