Shouldn’t you try to do something BIG? Something EPIC? Something ground-breaking, earth-shattering, and life-changing?

Aren’t we called to lead the masses to Christ? Start a revolution? End world hunger?

We all dream big. We all desire to do something big. To lead something big. But what if the best way to make a big difference is to lead small? To go deep with just a few people? To do for a few what you wish you could do for everyone?

That’s what you chose to do when you signed up to lead a small group. And that’s what it means to lead small.

In the book, Lead Small, we say:

“When we lead small we simply make a choice
to invest strategically in the lives of a few over time
so we can help them build an authentic faith.”

Authentic faith. That’s your main goal—your number one priority. Authentic faith is personal. It’s passionate. And it is the only kind of faith that will stick with “your few” past their graduation day. It has to be tested, wrestled with, and debated in a safe environment. And that’s exactly what you signed up to provide.

So how do you encourage and build the authentic faith of your few? By finding ways to teach these 5 Faith Skills:

  1. Navigate the Bible (survey and locate Scripture)
  2. Personalize Scripture (memorize and apply)
  3. Dialogue with God (pray in private and public)
  4. Articulate Faith (share and defend)
  5. Worship with Your Life (praise and give)

And by implementing the five practices we outline in the book, Lead Small

  1. Be Present
  2. Create a Safe Place
  3. Partner with Parents
  4. Make it Personal
  5. Move Them Out

So. That’s all you need to know. Every skill you need to be an effective small group leader packed into one 500-word blog post.

No? Still lost? Don’t think we’ve covered it all? You’re right. Being a small group leader takes more than just skills and practices. It is way more complicated, tangled, and personalized than one blog post can unpack. And it changes with every age group.

That’s why we have created this blog. It is your resource. It’s your place to learn, laugh, and ask questions. The posts you will read are written by current and veteran SGLs that have experience in your age group. And they are eager to give you tips, share stories and answer your questions as best they can.

So explore, discover, get fueled. Because you have one of the biggest jobs in ministry. You have chosen to Lead Small.

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Reggie Joiner

Reggie is the father of four children who grew up with influential SGLs like you. He has worked with children and student ministries for more than 30 years. Reggie served as Director of Family Ministries at North Point Community Church for 11 years and is the founder and CEO of Orange.'

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