Saturday, I enjoyed listening to one of my mentors, Bill Beckham. Every time he speaks to a group, the Lord has given him yet another creative way to explain just how different a transition to holistic small groups is compared to the implementation of another traditional and supportive church program. Bill showed a powerpoint slide that was titled “Noun vs. Verb Leaders” and went on to say that the people a pastor raises up to lead groups must understand their role is a DOING role, not a BEING role so often found in church life.
Reminds me of a church I visited many years ago. The deacons served communion once a month and griped about this and that ad nauseum in deacon’s meetings with a little decision making thrown in for good measure, but did nothing to serve the body. These men defined their leadership role with a noun, not a verb.
So what kind of small group or cell group leaders do you have? Noun or Verb leaders?