The mom had gone to this church for years and somewhat knew the people in the room, but now it was different.

Now she had a baby.

Now she had this precious, fragile, beautiful little girl and she was anxious about leaving her with ‘strangers’.

She was incredibly nervous to leave her.

Her baby was only 2 months old.

The mom walked to the door of that baby room nervous, excited, and ready, but reluctant.

But when we she stood at the door something happened.

There was a smile.

There was a look of excitement.

There was an expectancy that they were ready for this baby, and this mom.

That small group leader in the baby room spoke encouragement to this nervous mom. She assured her that they would do everything that they could to love and care for her most precious gift.

The small group leader looked the mom in the eyes and said, “I am so glad that you are here. I know this is your first time to leave your baby, but we (pointing to the other volunteers in the room) are here each week and we will love and care for this sweet girl each week.” She handed this nervous mom a half sheet of paper with a note of encouragement for the week and gave her an assuring smile.

That small group leader did a lot in those 15 seconds of conversation.

She assured that mom that she was going to be present for that little girl. Each week she was going to show up and love her daughter.

She assured that mom that she was going to be present for her too.

You see, small group leaders in the baby rooms are extremely important. You are not just rocking babies and changing diapers. Not only is it important that you are present for those precious little lives, but it is incredibly important that the parents know that we are present for them too.

New parents, whether for the first time, or the fifth time, are still nervous about leaving their baby with someone else.

Those small group leaders have power to build trust and love in both the baby and the parent by just being present.


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Cass is a husband, daddy, and the Children’s Pastor at Johns Creek Baptist Church, in Alpharetta, Georgia. He is incredibly passionate about kids and families, and partnering them with the church, and seeing parents win at home. He is incredibly blessed with his beautiful wife, Mary Beth, and five amazing, wild, and awesome boys!

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