Who wants to be in an ‘ok’ small group. Not me……been in far too many of those already. I want to be in a group that nourishes and feeds my soul.
In the previous post, 5 essentials of small groups were mentioned that are required for a group to be great: leadership, vision, community, discipleship, & mission. Without any of these, a group will struggle to reach its redemptive potential and exist in varying levels of mediocrity. The next 5 posts will journey into each of these 5 essentials.
The greatness of any organization is always dependent upon leadership. Same goes for small groups. While I believe it’s possible for a small group to have a great leader and not be great, I don’t believe it’s possible for a group to be great without a great leader. Leadership sets the tone: leaders provide vision…an excitement for what is to come; a leader’s level of honesty, openness, and transparency establishes the relational temperature and dna of every group; a leader’s example & facilitation creates an atmosphere of spiritual growth; a leader’s intentionality prevents a group from turning inward and faces them outward.
If you lead a group ask yourself:
Are you leading yourself well? If not, how do you expect to lead others well? Are you growing spiritually? If not, how do you expect God to use you to grow others spiritually? Are you a transparent, come as you are leader? If not, how will your group ever get to that place where members freely share their lives with each other so that transformation can take place? Are you a servant leader? If not, how will your group ever move from a focus on itself to a focus on what God can do through them?
As the saying goes, “Speed of the leader, speed of the team.” GREAT groups become great because of leaders who lead them to greatness.