10 Apologies a Leader Should Never Make

Wise leaders apologize. They apologize for those things that they’ve done that they shouldn’t have done or for those things they should have done and didn’t. Below you’ll find a list of apologies a small group leader should never have to make to their small group.

1. I apologize for not praying for you this week.

2. I apologize for acting Godly when I’m with you but differently when I’m at work or playing sports.

3. I apologize for not modeling for you the importance of spending time with God daily.

4. I apologize for allowing our group to discuss a call made by the church leadership I disagreed with.

5. I apologize for giving you my opinion when you asked for wise counsel. I should have taken you to Scripture to find out how God would have answered your question.

6. I apologize for not leading the reconciliation process when two of you were at odds with one another.

7. I apologize for never leading you to be on mission together.

8. I apologize for allowing an overly talkative and outrageously opinionated group member to overtake our group meetings.

9. I apologize for not helping each of you find your spiritual gifts and equipping and empowering you to use them.

10. I apologize for not telling you how you could begin an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

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Rick Howerton
Rick has one passion… To see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.” He is presently pursuing this passion as the Small Group and Discipleship Specialist at LifeWay Church Resources. Rick has authored or co-authored multiple books, studies, and leader training resources including A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small Group Dynamic, Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual, The Gospel and the Truth: Living the Message of Jesus, Small Group Life Ministry Manual: A New Approach to Small Groups, Redeeming the Tears: a Journey Through Grief and Loss, Small Group Life: Kingdom, Small Group Kickoff Retreat: Experiential Training for Small Group Leaders, and Great Beginnings: Your First Small Group Study, Disciples Path: A Practical Guide to Disciple Making. Rick’s varied ministry experiences as an collegiate minister, small group pastor, teaching pastor, elder, full-time trainer and church consultant, as well as having been a successful church planter gives him a perspective of church life that is all-encompassing and multi-dimensional. Rick is a highly sought after communicator and trainer.

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