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How to Build Habits of a Great Small Group Leader

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I’ve written many times about the needless search for Jesus Jr. as prerequisite for effective small group leadership. In fact, I’ve argued that Jesus seems to have chosen his disciples despite the fact that they didn’t already seem to be on a leadership track. So if we’re to recruit small group leaders in a way that doesn’t require them to meet Jesus Jr. standards, it’s reasonable to ask, “How will we help small group leaders move in the direction of our preferred future for leaders?” My argument is that we need to help them build habits that will take them there.

I’ve written recently about the 8 Commitments for Small Group Leaders as well as how to design your group meeting for life-change; two helpful angles from which to think about building a thriving small group ministry. But what about the habits that help create the kind of man or woman who operates as an agent of life-change?

How to Build Habits of a Great Small Group Leader

1. Make time with God a daily priority. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35 NIV

2. Follow the best example and offer a good example. “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV

3. Have clear priorities. “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 NIV