3 Ways to Empower Your Group to Lead

3 Ways to Empower Your Group to Lead

Regardless of how you minister to others, whether you’re on church staff or you volunteer in the kindergarten room, you’re probably in a small group of adults. You may even lead a small group of adults. If you are, this is for you. People often come to small groups with a consumer mentality. They are looking for relationships, teaching, social opportunities, spiritual formation, therapy, or a connection. But a small group isn’t a commodity to be consumed; it’s a community to be formed. We... Read More
This Ministry Tool Equips and Empowers Small Group Leaders

This Ministry Tool Equips and Empowers Small Group Leaders

Years in children’s ministry have taught me to always have an eye out for the best way to help volunteers succeed. Whether it be the way we set up a room, the method information is delivered, or the system of communication used, I am always looking for ways to equip and empower our volunteers. The Lead Small App is fantastic and is one mighty strong app. Can apps be strong? Well, this one is! The new design is sleek and intuitive for the small group leader (SGL). Here are three reasons why I... Read More
5 Things Small Group Leaders Need

5 Things Small Group Leaders Need

We were in a quiet monastery in Ohio. I held a book in my hands that became one I’d revisit every year, required reading turned manifesto. It was a small spiritual formation class during my senior year of college. We were few, but the lessons we learned were many. The book we read was called, In The Name of Jesus, by Henri Nouwen. If I were asked to pick one book to offer volunteers in ministry, it’d be this one—a nurturing guide to continue to develop them as servant leaders. When small group... Read More
Equipping Small Group Leaders to Minister to Their Few

Equipping Small Group Leaders to Minister to Their Few

Google search the word pastor (I know what you’re thinking: Why would anyone do that?), and the first thing you will find is this definition: “a minister in charge of a Christian church or congregation.” Merriam-Webster’s definition while similar, adds an important component: “a spiritual overseer; especially: a clergyman serving a local church or parish.” Pastor? Who, me? While the title pastor does usually characterize the person who leads a church, I think we often limit this role to the... Read More
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