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Almost Anyone Can Lead a Small Group

Not everyone can lead a small group, but almost anyone can. Of course there are a few qualifications that every small group leader should have:
  • They must be a follower of Christ.
  • They should be a mature enough believer that they know their way around the Bible and can help others understand at the very least the "big story" of God's Word (creation, fall, redemption, restoration)
  • They should be able to avoid constant awkwardness while carrying on a conversation
  • They should be willing to be welcoming and inclusive will all who join the group (this will likely require a bit of patience as well)
  • They probably need to be comfortable praying aloud in public

While these may seem like a lot of qualifications, they really aren't. I would suggest that anyone who has been a Christ-follower for a year and who has actively participated in a group of some kind should be able to fulfill these standards.

That said, I think just about anyone can lead a small group. They simply need to know three things:
  1. What to do before the group gathers.
  2. What to do when the group gathers.
  3. What to do after the group gathers.

Beginning tomorrow, I'm going to begin posting some simple ideas that will help almost anyone lead a small group by using these three steps.

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