When you accept the challenge of leading a few it is an amazing privilege. Being able to share a small part of the big story of someone’s life is an honor. That honor is multiplied when your few are in the incredibly formative preschool years.
My children are adults now, but I still remember some of the people that were so formative in their early years of learning about who God is and what following Christ looks like. Two of my boys (now 29 and 27 years old!) were lead by a lovely lady they called Mrs. Kinney. Mrs. Kinney understood how to Lead Small before it was even defined as that! Her few received phone calls and cards in the mail if they were sick or had birthdays. When they moved into the next age group they got a little Bible with a handwritten note in it. Mrs. Kinney knew my husband and I as well. Whenever she would see us, we always had a conversation about the boys, how they were doing, how our family was doing. We knew our family was prayed over and there was someone else that had genuine concern about our children’s well being – both spiritual and physical!
Mrs. Kinney cherished her role in the lives of her few. Even as a parent I could tell she was serving, not because of a sense of obligation, but because she found pure joy in being able to be a part of my sons’ lives.
So the question is: are you driven by obligation or joy? If you find yourself overjoyed to show up in the lives of your few, pinching yourself each time you get to serve, well done! If you find yourself groaning at your alarm clock and chugging your third cup of coffee before exposing yourself to the brain-splitting energy level that is the preschool hallway, don’t give up! In fact, I think doing just the opposite is the key to finding joy in the few you lead. Instead of throwing in the towel, challenge yourself to take it to the next level.
If you made a commitment to serve once a month, step it up to twice a month.
If you are serving to meet a “need” in the church, change your mindset and serve for the purpose of investing in the lives of your few, instead.
If you typically glance over the lesson materials in the car on the way to church, try carving out an hour in your week to read through the lesson and think of fun ways to present the ideas to your few.
If you serve each Sunday without ever speaking to anyone over the age of three, try connecting with a veteran SGL. Plan a coffee date to talk through some of your obstacles and glean a little wisdom.
Leading small can be tricky, sometimes discouraging—especially when your few can barely use the potty, much less comprehend the significance of the resurrection of Christ. But don’t give up! You are doing great work! Just take a deep breath and commit to take it to the next level. What are some ways you could take your time serving to the next level?