Have you seen those adverts (usually from a bank trying to promote itself) that try to reassure you that they care about you, even if you’re not a brand new customer? They’re sending out a pretty effective message. Everyone wants to know they’re still appreciated, being invested in and are valued even if they aren’t a new customer. The same goes for church, for small groups and for leaders.
At Small Group Central we want all leaders, whether they’ve just been asked to lead a new group or have been hosting a small group for decades, to know that they are valued. And, in addition, to know that there’s always room to grow and learn more. You may have been running a group for 30 years, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t new ideas and new ways that you could approach leading your group.
Your church might be great at providing support, checking in with you and making sure you feel cared for and listened to as you give your time and energy to caring for everyone in your group. Even if this is the case, it cannot be denied that it’s important to keep your skills up to date as a leader, to keep learning and trying new things.
Proverbs 18:15 says, ‘An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seek knowledge’ (ESV).
John F. Kennedy said, ‘Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.’
Training and learning are so important. Not so that you can have ‘all the answers’, or know more than the members in your group, but so that you have more to share and can help guide others in your group.
Why not start something new in your small group, refresh your leadership skills and come along to the Small Group Essentials course being run by Andy Peck in March. The seminar will explore what makes an effective small group. Look at how you can measure and access the potential of your group.
It will teach you to understand group dynamics and the stages a small group goes through. You’ll get tips on pastoral care for your group and make space for fellowship with other leaders, swapping stories and ideas.
Give yourself the opportunity to learn something new and explore the potential of your group.
To find out more and book a place, visit the website or call 01252 784719.
About Emily Owen
Emily dreams of travelling the world and writing about the great things she sees God doing along the way. Whilst waiting for dreams to come true she happily works for CWR, plays a lot of netball and is trying to learn Spanish.