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!

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Jonathan Cliff is a huge advocate for families and believes that the family can be God's primary way of reaching the world that they live in. Jonathan and his wife, Starr, have a full house with two sons, Ryan and Dylan, and one daughter, Lauryn. They have also served as foster parents for many kids over the years, and have a great passion for broken families being restored.'

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