Ofie Gonifie

Ofie Gonifie

As a small group leader you have to get used to hearing bad news. When you are doing life with people over time… life happens. And, if you’ve done a good job of creating a safe place you will hear people share their hurts, pains, disappointments, and frustrations....
First Things First

First Things First

Three weeks ago, I arrived to our student ministry environment not having the chance to review the small group leader dialogue. It had been a hectic week and as a small group leader who obsessively over-prepares, I was in a panic. I barely had a chance to duck into a...

Oh Yes, I DID Just Go There!

Two weeks ago, on a Friday night, as I was reading through my small group curriculum (yes, AHEAD OF TIME) I noticed a giant red “prohibited” sign glaring at me from one of the pages. Curious, I read ahead and discovered that in two weeks, after hearing the story of...
Going Off Script

Going Off Script

Kids are funny. The younger they are, the more likely you are to know what’s going through their minds at any given moment, and oftentimes it has nothing to do with what’s going on in everyone else’s minds! On one of my girls’ birthday, we were talking about what she...

Confession Time

So, I have a confession to make. I don’t usually tell people this but I think you ought to know (especially since I am not using my real name here). As a preschool small group leader, one of the biggest challenges I face is preparing for Sunday morning. Now, the...

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