Did you know your church is always searching for more leaders? No matter how big the church you serve, there is always a need for more people to invest in the lives of the kids there. As a small group leader, you play a huge role in this “recruiting” plan.
If your church leader could clone you, they would! You are the one your leaders are attempting to replicate, and you play the oh-so-important role of recruiter for your ministry. You know the people in your world, and you know who would make an awesome SGL. Part of fulfilling the responsibility of “Creating a Safe Place” is to make that safe place last for new kids and for the times when you can’t be there. So, tell your story!
Invite Someone You Love. Most of us serve because we were asked by somebody we trust, so pay it forward by doing the same for someone else. What we do always carries more meaning when we do it with someone we enjoy being with. Don’t keep it to yourself, invite others to share the experience!
Tell a Great Story. You have a great story to tell—you just need to strategically tell it to the right people. Anyone can an SGL, but not everyone should be an SGL. Find the courage to tell a friend about what serving as a small group leader has meant to you. Create new ways to tell others what happens each week with your children in group, and at times let your group help you tell this story.
Tell an Honest Story. Too often we hide the nitty, gritty from what we share. We have a responsibility with this story, to tell others that it’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it. Every story has great moments, and sometimes great moments are created through challenges. Tell a story of overcoming the challenges, and how they can help you continue to create these safe places for kids. Every challenge is an opportunity to speak into a kid’s life in a way you might not be able to otherwise.
So think through the people in your world and take some time to identify the people that would be a rockstar SGL!
Do you ever take time to look back and take stock of what’s happening in your life? Like taking inventory, do you stop near the end of one year or the beginning of the next and consider all you’ve walked out in the past 12 months?
The exercise is clarifying. It helps us see where we've struggled, where we’ve conquered and how we've grown.
Effectively leading a small group of kids has many challenges. Challenges you might expect: fitting material into 20-30 minutes, redirecting wild behavior, keeping kids engaged. And challenges you could never anticipate: having to scrap lesson plans to have an impromptu discussion on whether or not pet rats get into heaven, ransacking the snack closet to find something for the kid who skipped breakfast, or the
Why this might be a secret weapon…
Here’s what I know about you as a small group leader: you want to impact kids. You want your small group to know and grow in God’s love. And I’m sure you know how using everyday moments helps you lead small. Some would be surprised that a little three-letter word could be such a factor in the success
“Right-y Tight-y; Left-y Loose-y”
Every time I use a screwdriver, this phrase runs through my mind. A quick reminder of which direction I should turn to loosen or tighten the screw. I laugh at the idea that I still depend on this childhood phrase. But it’s right. And it works.
I have several of these phrases branded in my mind.
Be the friend you want
McKenna is a Kindergarten Small Group Leader. Three years ago she didn’t know Jesus. She was a teenager seeking more but struggling to find it. Through a series of unique events, she encountered Christ and it changed her life.
Not long after, she started serving.
Initially, she assisted a team of Small Group leaders. Helping to bring support where needed. McKenna’s shy, understated personality allowed
I recently read the account of Moses and his encounter with God in Exodus 4. There are so many commentaries, writings and sermons about a single interaction between this man born a slave, raised as a prince and living as a shepherd in a foreign land. Let’s face it. Moses was a walking dichotomy.
Though there are many things we can learn from this moment
Let me be 100% honest. I love it when kids choose to follow Christ. Specifically, I love it when they make that public profession and signify that with baptism. To play some part, big or small- there's nothing better. However, I've learned a very valuable lesson over the years. I wish I knew what I know now when I was first getting started. Are you
Kevin placed the box of crayons in the middle of the circle. He’d barely pulled his hand away before 8 smaller ones rushed in to grab their favorite. But Kevin deftly removed a purple crayon just for Chesney. Placing the purple crayon on her paper, Chesney looked up and smiled.
Kevin hasn’t led his group for long. If you were to ask him to rate
Do you know the hardest volunteer to find? It's a man willing to work with boys in a small group. It's the boys groups that are the loudest, craziest, and sometimes, just sometimes, the most destructive. I'm a parent of 4th and 6th grade sons, and I know as well as anyone how difficult it can be to get them to have sincere conversation around spiritual