Eight Habits of Effective Small Group Leaders

  1. Dream of leading a healthy, growing, multiplying group
  • You will live your dreams
  • “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34)
  • “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart” (Matthew 15:18)
  • Let your heart be full of dreams for your Small Group and for your community.
  1. Pray for your group members daily
  • Consistent action produces greater results than periodic efforts.
  • Prayer is a powerful weapon that goes deep into the heart.
  • Remember that the Holy Spirit convicts the world regarding sin, righteousness and the coming judgement.
  • Pray for the conviction of the Holy Spirit on your friends and neighbors.
  1. Invite new people to visit your group weekly
  • Some are afraid that if they invite, the people won’t come.
  • But if you invite, they might come. Those who do come as a result of your invitation are the ones who will come.
  • So, if you invite, these people will come.
  • Don’t lose the opportunity.
  • See the invitation as an offer to them that will help them tremendously.

How to invite

  • Saturate in prayer
  • Keep them saying “Yes”
  • Persevere
  • Team invite
  • Seasons if the soul
    • Death
    • Marriage
    • Illness
    • Moving
    • Divorce
    • Family problems
    • Birth of a child

Who to invite

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Coworkers
  • Classmates
  • Neighbors
  • Church contacts
  1. Contact your group members regularly
  • Remember the term “Out of sight out of mind”
  • Keep people in sight and in mind.
  • Call to care
  • And to give
  • Never to get – keep it genuine
  • Keep them coming
  • Ask “How can I pray for you?”
  1. Prepare for your group meeting
  • Prepare yourself
  • Prepare the atmosphere
  • Prepare your agenda
  • “Fail to plan, Plan to fail”
  1. Mentor an apprentice leader
  • Multiply the group
  • Reach thousands
  • Mentoring is letting go
  • Keeps leader and group multiplication a priority
  1. Plan group fellowship activities
  • Picnic
  • Dinner
  • Game Day
  • Orphanage Visit
  1. Be committed to your own personal growth
  • Otherwise you shrink and die
  • Story of the young Lumberjack who cut down 9 trees in the first day… Then 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 – But an older, skinnier man was consistent with 9 per day (Every morning he took time to sharpen his Axe.
  • Your personal relationship with God
  • Your family commitment and relationship
  • Study the Bible
  • Study leadership

***Idea taken from Leading A Small Group by Dave Earley and Rod Dempsey , material added from personal study and experience.

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