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.


, 10 June 2017. 1 Comment on Eight Habits of Effective Small Group Leaders. Category: Small Groups.

About Alexi George

Alexi is the pastor of Adoor Vineyard and an Associate Professor at Faith Theological Seminary, India. He blogs regularly on Leadership, Life, and Living Your Potential.

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