“The BBT Great Eight”
You’ve got a great thing going. Your small group is enthusiastic and prepared. The study is good and you all feel pumped about this adventure together. You’re renewed and energized … and motivated.
As the group leader, how do you keep the energy up and ensure that your group continues to thrive and grow this year?
Here is a list of the BBT “Great Eight” things that will help keep your group going and growing.
- Pray: Pray for the Holy Spirit to lead and move the group.
- Share the leadership. Have a co-leader and others in the group who are willing to lead. This eliminates “personality risk” and also eases the burden of preparation.
- Invite others: Don’t let your group become an exclusive group! Pray for others to join you.
- Establish confidentiality. Everyone should feel that your group is a safe environment.
- Focus on your own spiritual growth and deepening your faith. Research shows that group leaders who are supported by leadership coaches lead flourishing small groups. Simply put, small groups thrive spiritually when their leaders do!
- Encourage a balanced community of both fellowship (the social aspect of the group) and Biblical learning (the Bible study part of the group).
- Prepare meeting recaps. Send out a follow-up e-mail of what you talked about, the highlights of the study, and prayer requests. This simple act will tie your community together, keeping those who couldn’t be there up-to-date, and keeping everyone on the same page.
- Choose the right curriculum. Curriculum should be biblically-focused with practical application that “fits” the needs of your group.