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You’re Not a Perfect Small Group Leader—And That’s OK

You're Not a Perfect Small Group Leader—And That's OK

God is not looking for you to be the perfect small group leader. I wrote The World’s Greatest Small Group not because I think I’m the world’s Greatest Small Group Leader—I’m not—but to help you learn from and thus become more like the one who is: Jesus.

God is not looking for you to lead the perfect small group. While Jesus’ group was a mess and often dysfunctional, it was healthy. That might seem like an oxymoron, but Jesus understood the principle of process. He saw not only what they were, but what they were becoming. And often this process of becoming looks very messy. But think about this: Jesus’ dysfunctional group became The World’s Greatest Small Group.

Do you have what it takes? Do you have what it takes to be a small group leader? Depending on your perspective, you can answer this question two different ways:

NO—You do not have what it takes…on your own, under your own power, with your own intellect. That’s why it’s so vital to remember that Jesus is the real leader of “your” group. “’Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6).

YES—Don’t forget that Jesus calls unschooled, ordinary men and women to follow him and then turns them into world changers. If you follow Christ, the World’s Greatest Small Group Leader, he will use you to do extraordinary things. Don’t sell yourself short. Say, “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13, New Living Translation).

By God’s power, you can do this, but you must start by first seeking after him.

This article originally appeared here.

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Michael C. Mack founded SmallGroups.com in 1995 and served as a small-groups minister for more than 20 years in several churches. He is a writer, editor, trainer, and consultant in the areas of small groups, leadership, and discipleship. He is the author of more than 25 books and small group studies, including his latest, World's Greatest Small Group (pub. January, 2017). He regularly blogs on his ministry website at SmallGroupLeadership.com. His family is a small group that includes his wife Heidi, their four children, and their dog, Lainey. Mike is also an avid mountain biker.