Leading a LIFE Group (or any other small group) is one of the most exciting ministries that you can ever get involved in. You’re building into the lives of a few people. Your investing your time, talents and treasure to help them grow in their faith and become all that God wants them to be. Is there anything more fulfilling than that?
But how do you lead a LIFE Group? Here is a short, but hopefully helpful, explanation of the process. (Note: For a more detailed conversation and more information, click here)
- The first thing that you must understand is that your role is to work with the Holy Spirit in transforming people’s lives. You are not doing this on your own or by your own power or abilities. You must rely on God totally and absolutely. You must lead by faith, trusting Him for the wisdom and ability as well as for the results.
- The second thing is to have a clear goal. Your goal is not to survive (although you may be tempted to feel that way sometimes). Your goal is not to enjoy (although you will experience that as well). No, your goal is to help each one live, love and lead like Jesus. Keep that at the front and center of your mind.
- Third, have a clear strategy. Your strategy must be fourfold: 1) Model the lifestyle of a follower of Jesus, 2) Remind each one to avail of equipping, 3) Ask them what they’re learning from the Lord, 4) Monitor their progress and affirm them (or challenge them to be faithful).
- Fourth, encourage them to lead. First, give them a chance to facilitate the LIFE Group meeting whenever possible. Once they’re ready, encourage them to lead 1) a Real Life Bible Study, 2) a Share Group or Care Group, 3) a HEALTH Group, and 4) their own LIFE Group. Do this in proper sequence from 1 to 4. Once they start leading, include them in your TAG (Timothy Accountability Group), so that you can mentor them more closely.
- Finally, organize and conduct LIFE Group activities on a regular basis. Make sure that you have the proper balance: 1) Upward focus, 2) Inward focus, and 3) Outward focus.
Remember, you may not be perfect. But you don’t have to be intentionally irresponsible. You must do your part, and God will do His part.
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Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timoth 4:12)