How to be a Small Group Leader When Church is Cancelled

How to be a Small Group Leader When Church is Cancelled

Remember the good old days when you could grab a bag of Doritos (cool-ranch fans, anyone?) and pass the open bag around your small group to munch on? Living dangerously and diving in with unwashed hands and all. Now we find ourselves living in a new reality of social distancing where you can’t share a high five or a table at a restaurant. You might not have the weekly gathering in a building like you used to, but you still have a small group of students who need encouragement and connection... Read More
5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader

5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader

by Kendra Fleming If you’re anything like us, you’ve just spent the summer recruiting and training new small group leaders for the fall. As we interviewed and talked to these leaders there are always a few things that we’re looking for. Here are five qualities I think are most important. If you’ve been doing this for a while, then you know ’em when you see ’em! 1. They care. I’m not talking about someone who is tenderhearted or hugs a lot. I’m talking about someone who genuinely feels... Read More
How to Create a Lasting Small Group

How to Create a Lasting Small Group

by Beth Webb No one begins a small group with the expectation that it won’t last. But, without a plan and the right tools it can happen. What are the essentials to creating a lasting small group? Every group will look different, but there are some keys to getting your group started and headed in the right direction. They have nothing to do with content or what day of the week you choose for your small group. It can all be boiled down to one word: ownership. When you create a sense of ownership... Read More
Parent and Small Group Leader: A Child Needs Both

Parent and Small Group Leader: A Child Needs Both

Last Friday you put on some tunes and busted a move in front of your totally-mortified middle school sons. Then tonight they came home from the dance doing the sprinkler, just like you taught ’em—only they gave credit to Jeff, their small group leader. What gives? And it’s not just your own kids, either. One of the toddlers you teach at church lost it over a missing toy on Sunday. You tried to talk her through it with no luck. In the end all she needed was a big hug from mom and the... Read More
7 Ways To Care For Small Group Leaders

7 Ways To Care For Small Group Leaders

by Gina Abbas Spending time with small group leaders is a huge priority for those of us in ministry. I work full time and have three kids, so finding time to add SGLs into the rhythm of my week, my month, my year, is a challenge. SGLs have lives too. They have families, school, jobs, and full schedules. How do you make time and create a rhythm for winning every week with SGLs when you barely have time to shower, and brewing a K-Cup is too much of a time commitment? Here is how I create space... Read More