7 keys to leading a small group

Tips for Leading Well

In leading groups, we have discovered several key essentials to creating the optimum group environment for God to work in.

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Stay Connected

• This essential reminds us to stay spiritually nourished.
• In John 15, Jesus uses the metaphor of a vine and branches to instruct his followers to “abide.”

When we stay connected to Jesus in this way, we welcome God’s work in us and through us.

• Are you staying rooted in your relationship with Jesus Christ, realizing that apart from him you can do nothing?

Cultivate Relationships

• This essential is focused on how we build community.
• By encouraging and facilitating connections outside of regular group meetings, you demonstrate

the priority of relationships.

• How are you and your group members connecting outside of group time?

Promote Participation

• This essential focuses on how you involve your group members.
• Shared participation (facilitating the study, hosting the meeting, preparing the snack, leading prayer

time, planning socials, guiding the curriculum-choice discussion, etc.) creates broader ownership of

the group.

• How are you involving your group members in supporting the group?

Serve Together

• This essential expands the focus of the group beyond itself.
• Serving those outside of the group is a great way to leverage the influence of the group while

strengthening the relationships within the group.

• Is service a consistent part of your group experience?

Celebrate Change

• This essential helps us stay focused on the purpose of the group.
• If we truly value the life change God brings about in people, it is important that we take the time to

celebrate it in our groups.

• How do you and your group members celebrate the growth you see occurring in each other?

Provide Care

• This essential focuses on the big and small ways we can provide care.
• Often people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.• Do you make it a priority for your group to support and care for each other?

Replace Yourself

• This essential challenges us to prepare others for leadership.
• By passing on knowledge, skills, and opportunities, you are preparing others for future leadership

while sharpening your own.

• How are you intentionally investing in a potential leader in your group?

End Well

• This essential prepares us to transition our groups well.
• As all groups have a natural life cycle, leaders must work with their group members to craft a picture

of a strong finish.

• How are you planning today for a successful end to your current group?

Source: NorthPoint Ministries