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If everything rises and falls on the leadership of your groups, create a plan for recruitment, training and on-going development of your leaders before you launch your small groups. And secondly, who is going to recruit and train the new leaders of these new groups?
Even if you are only starting with a handful of groups, a plan for growth is wise. You may not need a plan for one hundred groups now, but you should be thinking a stage or two ahead. What will change when we move from five groups to 10? Or from 25 to50?
Leader - Part - Equation - Leaders - Expectations
Choosing the right leader is only part of the equation. Deciding how you will recruit leaders and what expectations you’ll place on these leaders will allow them to know what they are stepping into. Additionally, a clear and consistent plan of development will allow the leader to lead more effectively.
What does the right training look like? How do you help brand new leaders start successful small groups? There is an abundance of resources on training new small group leaders. But if you were to download everything you know about small groups to a new leader, you would overwhelm them. Why?
Message - Leader - Reason - Adults - Basis
An exhaustive message will exhaust a leader. The reason is this: adults learn on a need-to-know basis, and this includes your small group leader.
Think through what a new leader would absolutely have to know in the first six to eight weeks of their new...
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