You probably have those kids in your small group who find every chance they get to stand up and move seats every three seconds, or those kids who have magically decided to form a new music supergroup in the last four seconds, or maybe even those kids who stare a hole through you as you are trying to teach them the amazing story of Nehemiah rallying the people to build the greatest wall ever.
Does that sound like your few? A group of kids so unique and different that you struggle to teach them all the truths that you hope will change their life forever. That is how we feel and why we have begun to evaluate and train our small group leaders (SGLs) on the importance of catering time spent in a small group to the different learning styles of their kids.
We evaluate SGLs on the three words that drive our ministry. Which means we focus on whether our leaders are teaching kids to
Love others the way Jesus loved us.
Share Jesus with others.
If leaders are focused on these three things they are calling kids to become “Motivated by the Gospel to live out their faith every day”. That phrase guides our ministry and it is how we evaluate our SGLs. Determining how you can evaluate SGLs in your ministry needs to begin with why you do what you do. Once you can answer that question you can put markers in place for your SGLs to help them accomplish the mission and vision of your ministry.
For example, we ask, “Does this leader show their few what it means to live out their faith every day?” We ask this question because one of the best ways for a child to come to know Christ is by having an SGL who knows and loves Christ.
Secondly, does this person teach the kids verses and facts, or do they teach them how to apply what the Bible says? We hope our kids have a knowledge of what is in the Bible but we deeply desire that our kids know how to take what they read and implement it into their lives every day. We want SGLs who will help shape worldviews that shape actions and beliefs that are carried out because our kids have the Word of God in their body, mind, and soul. A good way to follow-up to see if this is happening is to ask kids as they leave the program what they learned while giving a high five.
Another question we ask is: Does the SGL lead in a way that is inclusive to all learning styles? We ask this because the visual learners might need pictures or they might need to draw what they have learned. The kinetic learner might learn the memory verse through actions or a song. Do they allow the auditory learner to speak out and lead the conversation? If an SGL is observant to how their few learn best they can help kids process information so that they can share their faith with more ease outside of the church.