Editor's Note: We are pleased to begin including small group leadership material from LifeTogether, a ministry which exists to help churches transform lives through community. This week we are featuring an article that we hope you will share with members of your group who may become an apprentice, or if you are thinking of sharing the leadership of the group meeting from time to time with others in your group.
Leading for the First Time by Brett Eastman
Sweaty palms are a healthy sign. The Bible says God is gracious to the humble. Remember who is in control; the time to worry is when you’re not worried. Those who are soft in heart (and sweaty palmed) are those whom God is sure to speak through.
Seek support. Ask your leader, co-leader, or close friend to pray for you and prepare with you before the session. Walking through the study will help you anticipate potentially difficult questions and discussion topics.
Bring your uniqueness to the study. Lean into who you are and how God wants you to uniquely lead the study.
Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. Go through the session several times. If you are using the DVD, listen to the teaching segment and Leadership Lifter. Consider writing in a journal or fasting for a day to prepare yourself for what God wants to do.
Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare.
Ask for feedback so you can grow. Perhaps in an email or on cards handed out at the study, have everyone write down three things you did well and one thing you could improve on. Don’t get defensive, but show an openness to learn and grow.
Use online resources. Go to www.lifetogether.com for resources. You may also want to subscribe to the DOING LIFE TOGETHER Newsletter and Small Group Leader Show or Ministry Show. You can sign up everything by clicking here.
Prayerfully consider launching a new group. This doesn’t need to happen overnight, but God’s heart is for this to happen over time. Not all Christians are called to be leaders or teachers, but we are all called to be “shepherds” of a few someday.
Share with your group what God is doing in your heart. God is searching for those whose hearts are fully his. Share your trials and victories. We promise that people will relate.
Prayerfully consider whom you would like to pass the baton to next week. It’s only fair. God is ready for the next member of your group to go on the faith journey you just traveled. Make it fun, and expect God to do the rest.