Every thought about being a Small Group Leader?
Wonder if you’ve got what it takes?
Here’s a few of the “reasons” I’ve heard for not being a small group leader. Let’s bust a few myths!
I don’t really KNOW the Bible.
I don’t have all the answers yet?
I still have questions myself!
The viewpoint: This person is afraid they aren’t qualified to lead. They are concerned they won’t be able to answer all the questions the group may bring up or know what verses to quote.
The truth: Small groups are supposed to be about discussion and personal application regarding the topic at hand. If questions happen to come up that need answers the best and easy response is, “That’s a good question. Let’s look into that together.”
I can’t host the group at my house, so I can’t lead a group.
The viewpoint: In this scenario the potential leader may not even consider leading a group as they feel the leader must also be the host.
The truth: While the leader is often the host, there are other options. Your group could meet at a coffee house or restaurant, or there may be someone who could partner with you where they host and you lead. It’s not a deal breaker not to host at your home!
I don’t have time to prepare!
The viewpoint: To be a good small group leader I should spend time studying and preparing a lesson.
The truth: Many churches offer message based discussion questions that are already prepared for you and it should only take a few minutes reading the questions over before the group to feel ready. Some churches also offer curriculum for group use with a video message and discussion prompts. Or, many books offer discussion questions along with reading. There are lots of great ways to lead a small group with very little prep time.
I’m not a very good teacher…
The viewpoint: In order to lead a group I should spend a good portion of time teaching on the topic.
The truth: A good small group is not a repeat of a Sunday service in a smaller setting. A good small group is an environment designed to foster connection with others encouraging authentic personal growth. In fact if someone is teaching for any length of time then discussion time is being stolen.
The best small groups have open discussion not teaching. They are a simply a safe place for connecting faith with real life in the company of others.
I’m just not extraverted.
The viewpoint: Certain types of people make better leaders than others.
The truth: There are certain aspects of leadership that come more naturally to certain personality types. Extraverts will likely be better at inviting new people into their groups, but introverts actually make pretty good discussion guides as they are more natural listeners.
I’ll jump in next time, now just isn’t a good fit for me.
The viewpoint: This person is under the delusion that there will come a time in their life when things will slow down and they will have ample time and energy to pursue interests.
The truth: Ever notice that tomorrow never comes? If the Spirit is prompting you to lead and you keep putting it off, likely His voice will become quieter and quieter. Say yes today and He will empower you to lead well!
So, if you are already leading a group, or planning to lead one for the next season, can I just say “Thank you”! And I hope these myth busters gave you some hope and excitement toward your upcoming group!
If you aren’t leading one which hurdle seems to be holding you back? Is it time to pray about leading a group?