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Tips for Leading Community Groups Well

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In leading groups, we have discovered several key essentials to creating the optimum group environment for God to work in.

 

STAY CONNECTED 
  • This essential reminds us to stay spiritually nourished. 
  • In John 15, Jesus uses the metaphor of a vine and branches to instruct his followers to “abide.” When we stay connected to Jesus in this way, we welcome God’s work in us and through us. 
  • Are you staying rooted in your relationship with Jesus Christ, realizing that apart from him you can do nothing? 

 

CULTIVATE RELATIONSHIPS 
  • This essential is focused on how we build community. 
  • By encouraging and facilitating connections outside of regular group meetings, you demonstrate the priority of relationships. 
  • How are you and your group members connecting outside of group time? 

 

PROMOTE PARTICIPATION 
  • This essential focuses on how you involve your group members. 
  • Shared participation (facilitating the study, hosting the meeting, preparing the snack, leading prayer time, planning socials, guiding the curriculum-choice discussion, etc.) creates broader ownership of the group. 
  • How are you involving your group members in supporting the group? 

 

SERVE TOGETHER 
  • This essential expands the focus of the group beyond itself. 
  • Serving those outside of the group is a great way to leverage the influence of the group while strengthening the relationships within the group.
  • Is service a consistent part of your group experience? 

 

CELEBRATE CHANGE 
  • This essential helps us stay focused on the purpose of the group. 
  • If we truly value the life change God brings about in people, it is important that we take the time to celebrate it in our groups. 
  • How do you and your group members celebrate the growth you see occurring in each other? 

 

PROVIDE CARE 
  • This essential focuses on the big and small ways we can provide care. 
  • Often people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. 
  • Do you make it a priority for your group to support and care for each other? 

 

REPLACE YOURSELF 
  • This essential challenges us to prepare others for leadership. 
  • By passing on knowledge, skills, and opportunities, you are preparing others for future leadership while sharpening your own. 
  • How are you intentionally investing in a potential leader in your group? 

 

END WELL
  • This essential prepares us to transition our groups well. 
  • As all groups have a natural life cycle, leaders must work with their group members to craft a picture of a strong finish. 
  • How are you planning today for a successful end to your current group?

 

Adapted from North Point Ministries and insidenorthpoint.org:

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