If we take seriously what God says in Genesis 1:26-28, then we must conclude that God’s purpose for each member of your small group is to become some kind of leader now or in the future. In my understanding, there are at least six kinds of leaders in the world.
- Leader of self
- Leader of another person
- Leader of a small group
- Leader of a medium-sized group
- Leader of an organization
- Leader of a movement
Each member of your small group is destined to become one of these kinds of leaders, provided he or she is nurtured and trained well. You, the small group leader, will not be the only one responsible for this. Others will come along that will help each person to grow toward their God-given leadership role (1 Cor 3:5-9). Each person will have to go through certain experiences designed to shape him or her toward the leader God wants him or her to be. The Holy Spirit knows what those experiences are, and He will lead the leader toward those experiences (e.g. Matt 4:1). It may take awhile before their fullest potential as a leader is reached.
But then again, it may not happen. Although God is committed to make this happen, and you, the small group leader, may be committed as well, another factor is at stake. The cooperation of each person is also crucial. An uncooperative individual will most likely fail in fulfilling their God-given destiny. This is how God administers His grace at the present time (Phil 2:12-13; 1 Timothy 4:6-10,15-16). So you cannot take full responsibility for what happens in the lives of your members.
Nevertheless, you, the small group leader, has a very important role, and that is to nurture the fullest potential of each person in your small group. You need to learn how to develop servant leaders right from the start of your small group. How do you do this? There are three steps.
- SPOT potential servant leaders
- TRAIN potential servant leaders
- APPOINT OR SEND OUT faithful servant leaders
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