Answering the Why Questions

So you lead a group of kids. You are their small group leader. Once upon a time, maybe last month, maybe last year, maybe a decade ago…you signed up for this role as the adult that leads a group of children.

If you’re a good leader you’ve attended a few training sessions, read a book about how to lead small, and even read a blog post here and there. As a small group leader you are always in pursuit of the HOW: how to lead kids, how to get them to talk, how to celebrate kids, how to update a roster, how to follow security procedures, how to connect with a parent, how to generally just be a more effective small group leader.

I commend your adventure to discover the best HOW you can find, but don’t forget to ponder the WHY.

Why you do serve? Why do kids come each week? Why is this message so important? Why should you be here every week? Why does this matter so much?

There are both easy and complicated answers to these questions, but they are the same answers no matter what church you serve at. As you prepare for your group, and prepare to lead small, make time to sincerely answer the WHY questions for your group as well.

So when you think of these WHY questions, what answers come to mind? Share them below and discuss!

Jonathan Cliff January 27th, 2015 0 comments

Remind Them You’re Still There

When the holiday season rolls around routines get a little out of whack.

Between holiday events, school plays, family commitments and seasonal illness... rhythms are thrown off and sometimes church doesn't make it on the agenda.

This can affect you as a Small Group Leader.

Some of your few have gone missing the past few weeks. And though you know there's good reason for their

Gina McClain January 21st, 2015 0 comments

Helping Kids with Their Hurts

Something we say around her a lot is that “relationship amplifies the message.” You have important truths to pass on to your few every week, whether it’s something God’s put on your heart to say or it’s written in your curriculum. For some, they’re just words. But when these words come from the context of a relationship, they become something more.

One of the quickest

Kenny Conley January 19th, 2015 0 comments

Six Ways to Reconnect in the New Year

After the busyness of the holidays, families are making their way back to church in the new year. That means that familiar faces will re-emerge after weeks of being away.

For some children in your group, returning to church will be a piece of cake. They’ll jump back in, almost as if they’ve not been away at all. For other children, settling back in to

Guest Writer January 12th, 2015 6 Comments

Digging Deeper

As an SGL of tweens, your few are in a funny season of life.

They are capable of going deeper, yet tend to keep things frivolous when they want to. A 5th grade SGL recently confided in me...

"Sometimes I have to orchestrate my first response. When I ask a question, the first response tends to set the tone. And all other responses fall in

Gina McClain December 9th, 2014 2 Comments

Watch the Clock

It's the time of year when you and your few have settled into a rhythm.

As an SGL, you've figured out how much time to invest each week to prepare to teach your few.

You've learned how to transition your kids from one segment of the service to the next without losing their attention...much.

You've even discovered ways to make an activity fun but not crazy.

Gina McClain November 3rd, 2014 2 Comments

3 Things Your Kindergarteners Need

It's a brand new school year and you've got a fresh batch of Kindergartners. Many of these little people are adjusting to a new school, a new weekly routine and now a new church experience. The wonder of what they experience may emerge in ways you don't expect.

At my church, our newest Kindergartners come from preschool rooms equipped with tables and chairs. But now

Gina McClain September 16th, 2014 0 comments

Getting the “New Kid” to Open Up

As a Small Group you leader you need to have the ability to get kids to open up to you.  We need to feel pretty confident that we can get any kid, anywhere, in most any circumstance to talk with us.   You may be thinking, "I just wish I could get my kids to STOP talking so much!"  But I'm not talking about the

Jonathan Cliff August 21st, 2014 3 Comments

Confession of a Pastor-Dad

Can I be completely transparent for a minute? I’m a NextGen Pastor at an amazing church where I get to recruit, train and deploy hundreds of volunteers who invest in the lives of kids and students every week. We’ve created an environment where “Leading Small” is the way we do ministry and it’s incredibly rewarding to see the life-change that happens in this kind of

Kenny Conley August 13th, 2014 0 comments

Making a Parent Look Good

I'm a small group leader and a parent. Actually I'm a parent first.

Maybe I should rewrite that first statement.

As a parent, I love nothing more than to see my kid receive attention from adults that mean them well and want to see them succeed. But selfishly, I love a small group leader that can do that while making me look good in front of

Jonathan Cliff August 11th, 2014 2 Comments