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The 10 Commandments of Small Group Leadership

Okay, okay… Maybe these aren’t THE 10 Commandments of small group leadership as they didn’t come from God Himself. But, maybe these 10 expectations of a great leader will help you as you lead and serve your small group.

1.Thou shalt serve edible and delicious snacks.
2.Thou shalt consistently pray for every group member by name.
3.Thou shalt welcome stragglers who stick around after group meetings as the minutes after the group meeting ends is when transformational moments often occur.
4. Honor thy coach and thy groups pastor that your presence may be a blessing and not a curse.
5. Honor thy apprentice, allowing her/him opportunities to lead the group meeting.
6. Thou shalt not kill the overly talkative group member.
7. Thou shalt not talk too much.
8. Thou shalt not leave conflict unresolved.
9. Thou shalt not do all the work but will delegate responsibilities so that other group members are more deeply engaged in group life.
10. Thou shalt not covet another group leader’s group. 

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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.