God does not call the equipped, he equips those he calls.
God will equip you as you go through this journey of hosting a group. We serve from the overflow of our heart. It is our prayer and belief that as you invest in yourself and grow in the Lord you will grow as a leader and you will become a more effective leader. Our goal for you is to help you learn the basic essentials of Small Group Leadership. As a small group host we would like for you to focus on four primary things. These are four things you can keep in mind as you host your group.
1. We are asking you to include prayer in everything that you do.
We can all agree that prayer is the foundation of everything that we do. At The Church LV we have a culture of prayer and adopting this same culture and posture as a small group host will serve you well. Prayer covers, protects and enlightens. We ask you to commit to pray daily for those in your small group. This is a huge commitment but one that will bear great fruit.
Bringing God into everything you do as a small group host paves the way for a great small group experience. James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”. Let the people in your small group know you are praying for them and ask them for prayer request. This will add a new dynamic to your small group.
2. The pressure is not on you.
The pressure is not on you to change people or to fix their problems. This is the role of the Holy Spirit. Your role is simple, to connect people to God. He is the healer; he is the problem solver. We ask you to breathe relax and just be you. If a group member is experiencing difficult season or a crisis in your small group, we ask you to remember this simple acronym, ESPN, some of you may know it as the sports channel.
We ask you to encourage people during a crisis because it is Jesus who is the name above all names and nothing in the world surprises God. Be assured that God does want to be in the middle of crisis and in our times of need. This is our confidence, that if we as hosts help people draw close to God he will draw close to us. So encourage your people in your small group that by letting them know that God is in the middle of this and He can change the circumstances. He is in the job of changing and transforming lives.
We share Gods word because Gods word is powerful. It has power to its own fulfillment. It has power to comfort people during time of crisis. We need to know Gods word and have some go to scriptures. Bringing Gods word will pave the way for God to do a work in people’s lives.
Always point people to God. Prayer works, it takes the focus off of us and our earthly circumstances and places our focus on God, our creator, the one who has the power to do something about their issues. So let us be people of prayer, don’t be hesitant to pray in group. Let us believe that as we pray for people God is going to move powerfully on their behalf.
N: Next Steps
We always want to give people next steps and help people stay engaged. The issue is that when people get in crisis they often isolate themselves. Isolation is fertile ground for the enemy to do his work. We want to help keep people surrounded in relationship and keeping them engaged is important.
So remember the pressure is off of you, we are not expected to have all the answers. The spiritual results are truly up to God. So if someone is going through a difficult time in your group remember the acronym ESPN. This format takes the pressure off of you.
3. Move one step.
The primary goal of small groups is for the people attending your groups to move one step towards Christ during their time in your group. Your role is help group members identify where they are spiritually and then simply help them move one step closer to Christ. Proverbs 27:23 “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds”. If one member has not accepted Christ, share the gospel or bring them to a church experience.
If one of them has not been water baptized encourage them to be baptized next time they are held at the church. Moving them one step also means moving them to a discipleship process and here at the Church LV, that includes the growth track and joining the dream team to help them get involved with what the church is already during. Point them to spiritual disciplines of bible reading and praying. Simply said help your group members move closer to God during the semester. Have a discussion with your group about this and inform them that this is the goal. Through this we can have a positive impact on the spiritual growth and well being of people.
4. Look out for potential leaders.
This is our job as hosts; the next generation of hosts are in your groups. If we believe God has gifted people to lead and host a group then we are doing a service by helping people move into small group hosting and to move into leadership. Discipleship best happens by leading not listening, those who host a small group often times are the ones who are blessed through the process. So when we step out and follow Gods prompting to lead a group, God shows up and it promises to be a powerful experience.
Thank you for serving with us. God bless you.