Small Group LeadershipThe most critical aspect of a successful small group ministry is the identification, training, and releasing of leaders. The leadership team of each group will normally consist of a facilitator, host or hosts, and worship leader/s. The facilitator is the team leader and will preside over the meeting.
The best facilitator is able to bring out the best in others. Facilitating a small group requires the ability to listen and acceptance of others.
Good listeners guard against the judgment of the speaker, against labeling the speaker, and listens with openness, honesty, acceptance, and interest. They listen with expectancy so as to evoke the fullest reality and capacity of the person speaking. They listen to be involved in what the person is relating.
AcceptanceAcceptance is like fertile soil that permits a tiny seed to develop into the lovely flower it is capable of becoming, Unacceptance too often closes people up.; makes them feel defensive, produces discomfort, makes them afraid to talk or to take a look at themselves. Of all the effects of acceptance, none is as important as the inner feeling of the individual that he is loved. To accept another "as he is" is truly an act of love. To feel accepted is to feel loved.
Prerequisites for the facilitator.
- Character: The facilitator should have a track record of displaying the "Fruit of the Spirit," faithful to the ministry, and free from personal ambition
- Commitment: The facilitator should be in agreement with the philosophy, values, goals, style, and priorities of the church.
New facilitators would be selected from an existing small group.
They must be willing and able to commit to the time requirements of leading the group - both training, and ministry.
They must have demonstrated consistent giving of time, energy and financial support to the church.
- Gifting: Filled with the Spirit and able to teach.
- Maturity: One seeking God, worshiping God freely, Teachable - not defensive, Loyal to the pastor and the church and its leadership.
- Call: Senses a call from God to facilitate the group, is approved by the pastor, and affirmed during an evaluation period.
- Maintain a personal walk with God
- Be commitment by consistent attendance at church meetings, monthly leadership meetings, special seminars, and further training.
- Develop the team - Host or hostess and worship leaders. Reproduce yourself by developing new facilitators every 6 to 12 months.
- Lead meetings: Schedule the best time to meet for the group. Maintain general outline for the meetings. Schedule time for fellowship, worship, sharing, teaching, prayer ministry, outreach activities, and fun nights and invite new people.