I talk to church leaders all the time who bring up how lonely they feel in leadership.
My response? You’re as lonely as you want to be.
Yes, relationships are risky. Any time you entrust your heart with others, there’s a chance that it won’t be handled well. And I understand that church leaders often feel pressure to perform and live up to unrealistic expectations of perfection.
But if the church staff chooses to shrink back from vulnerability and authenticity in relationship with others, then you’ll build a culture of superficial pretending in your church.
That’s why when the church staff takes the risk and jumps into a small group bible study, the whole church wins!
1. Moral authority.
It’s hard to say, “Do as I say, and not as I do.” It doesn’t work in parenting, and it doesn’t work in leadership. In fact, it erodes trust, and trust is the fuel that leadership runs on. Being in a group provides church leadership the moral standing to make the ask for everyone else to do the same.
The church always takes on the culture of the staff. If you want to build a culture of groups in your church, it starts with the staff.
3. Personal growth.
Just because your church staff are professional Christians doesn’t mean they’re done growing (at least, I hope not). Spiritual growth always happens best in circles, not rows, and in the context of meaningful relationships.
The bottom line is, bad things happen when we live in isolation from others. All of us need the natural built-in accountability that comes through the relationships that are found in small groups.