Meeting with small group leaders is one of the most impactful things you can do as a small groups point-person. Group leaders need care, coaching, and encouragement to stay in the game. While we all know this to be true, have you ever walked away from a one-on-one meeting with a leader and though, “did that even accomplish anything?”
In order to ensure that you make the most of the time spent with a leader, it is important to go in with a game plan. How will you make sure they are alright? Can you get a sense of how their group is doing? What particular skill do they need to be coached in?
Vital Questions for Small Group Leaders
Here are some impactful questions to have prepared to ask when checking in with a small group leader.
Before you start talking about their small group be sure to check in on them personally. It is easy for us to get straight to business and explain our latest strategy but their health is the priority. So goes the leader, so goes the small group! So start your meeting with them by asking two or three questions like these:
- How are you doing?
- How is your family doing?
- How has God been working in your life?
- What Scripture is currently shaping you?
- What has your attention, thoughts, and energy?
- What relationships are you currently investing in?
- Who are you helping to take one step closer to Jesus?
Now it is time to dive into topics related to their small group! Asking good questions about their small group will do two things. Good questions will allow you to get a good picture of where they need coaching and they will also provide stories about how God is working in their small group! Try asking three to five of the questions below, depending on what season the leader is in—asking too many may overwhelm them.