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Identifying and recruiting potential small group leaders is one of the most important things we do as pastors and leaders. We are wired to look for people who are immediately ready to lead—people who are mature relationally, developed spiritually, sound theologically, and smart biblically. The problem with that approach is looking for disciples instead of doing what Jesus told us to do: making disciples. That means we are not looking for ready-made leaders but for people who are postured and open to be developed and shaped.
Here are four things to look for in potential leaders of adult small groups:
F for “faithful.”
Look for people who are committed to the group, relatable to people, and growing toward Jesus. They show up. They don’t look for the credit. They don’t have to be the center of attention. They do little things like they are the big things and don’t make a big deal about it. They are willing to take responsibility and they follow through. They are reliable and consistent. Their actions match their words.
A for “available.”
Look for people who are consistently on time, willing to take ownership, and ready to serve. Some people have the potential to be great small group leaders, but they just aren’t in a season of life where they have the margin in their calendar or the relational Velcro to do it. So, look for people who are available and willing to be available to others. People who aren’t just looking to spend time but to invest time meaningfully.
S for “servant-hearted.”
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