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It is a pleasant fiction to think that a small group ministry can soar in a church by delegating all of the responsibility to an Associate Pastor. A similar line of reasoning would contend that the Lead Pastor doesn’t need to worship because they have hired a worship leader to do that. Of course, nobody would make a statement like that about worship, but often we send a similar message about discipleship when a Lead Pastor doesn’t position themselves as the Small Group Champion.
If a culture of disciple-making groups is going to take root in a church, it’s critical for the Lead Pastor to champion the cause.
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Jesus was the greatest small group leader ever. He took 12 people and launched the fastest-growing, most expansive organization in human history. Jesus kept his small group in a kingdom mindset by sending them out two-by-two to develop more groups (Luke 9:1-2, Luke 10:1). Jesus’ last words to His followers were to replicate His model by going and making disciples of all the nations (Matt. 28:19). The fruit of His leadership was an unstoppable, multiplying church of groups (Acts 2:42-47).
It’s obvious that small group discipleship was not a chore to Jesus. Rather, it was a central part of His mission. Lead Pastors make themselves more like Jesus...
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