Leading Small for Big Results

Leading Small for Big Results

Is your anxiety level rising on Saturday, because you are still recruiting volunteers for Sunday programming? Are you frustrated by constant recruiting? Is your ministry more activity based than relational? Three years ago, when I stepped into my role as children’s director, I answered yes to all the above questions. We had a rotational style Sunday School with monthly volunteers. The ask was small. Show up for a training once a year. Sign up for 1-2 monthly slots for the year. Get your lesson... Read More
Dream Big. Lead Small.

Dream Big. Lead Small.

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 your small group leaders chose to do when they signed up to lead a small group. And that’s what it means to lead small. In the Orange book, Lead Small, Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas write: “When we lead small we simply make a... Read More
Why Bother Leading Small?

Why Bother Leading Small?

The second step in our volunteer orientation is the coffee one-on-one. We take a potential volunteer out to coffee to find out about them and share the vision, practices, and opportunities within Family Ministry. When I begin to talk about the role of the small group leader it is often followed by one question: What is a small group leader? This is still a relatively new concept to the Church world especially when we compare it to the traditions of Sunday School and Children’s Church. When new... Read More
Leading Small May be the Most Important Thing You do for the Kids in Your Church

Leading Small May be the Most Important Thing You do for the Kids in Your Church

Last night while at a youth ministry camp I was reminded of a universal truth. Kids cheat. Especially when trying to dominate everyone else during a round of dodge ball. I tagged one high school guy out at least three times before he kind of, sort of acknowledged that he had been hit. I couldn’t win. And afterward he confessed that he really loves playing so he ignores the rules to stay in the game. I appreciated his honesty, and we laughed it off. As a speaker I’ll likely never get to know... Read More
The Postcard Challenge

The Postcard Challenge

At the beginning of the year, during one of our Sunday morning huddles, I offered every small group leader a simple challenge. I asked each of them to take a couple minutes after all of their kids had left, and get into the habit of writing a postcard to one kid in their small group. Just one. Not all of them. Not three. Just one. Our church staff has known for some time that the average family attends church once every four to six weeks. That may shellshock those of you who attend regularly,... Read More