Whether you’ve been leading a Life Group for one month, one year, or ten years, below are three tips from the Life Group leader training on leading a successful Life Group!
- Complete the curriculum questions in your booklet on your own before the Life Group meeting.
- Studying, reading, and going through the questions are great for personal study as well as preparation for your own Life Group time.
- Call, write an email, or send a note of encouragement or someone in your Life Group during the week.
- Think about this for a few seconds: You’re sitting at work and you’re having a hard day. Your Life Group doesn’t meet until Thursday night. But suddenly, your cell phone begins to vibrate and on the caller ID, it says your Life Group leader’s name! You slide your open to activate the call and you speak with your leader for a few minutes. He/she tells you that they’re excited to see you on Thursday night and that he/she is praying for you! How great would you feel after receiving that phone call? That’s why we’re encouraging you to call your group members and love on them during the week! Your voice and words can be the encouragement your group member needs during a tough week!
- If you’re planning on having food at your meeting, eat before or after you’ve gone through the session together.
- Food is great! Food is wonderful! Food has an amazing way of bringing people together. So, decide on when to eat because as great as food is, it can be distracting if someone gets up to grab some chips during the meeting and then start crunching on them. As delicious as the food may be, extra movements or sounds during a Life Group session can be disrupting.
These tips are tips I follow as I lead my Life Group. When we meet, (which varies between Sundays and Tuesdays), I try and carry out these tips because they’ve honestly helped me become a better Life Group leader. Text messages or phone calls I make to group members result in great conversations. For example, I spoke with one of my group members for three hours on Sunday night about some circumstances he is going through. It was a great conversation but it began with communicating to him that he is loved, he is prayed for, and that he is welcomed in my Life Group!
Although leading a Life Group can seem daunting, know that a blessing in leading a Life Group can be seen when people gather together to share about their experiences and their spiritual growth. The blessing can be seen when burdens are carried by everyone in the group through prayer and support. You are a key piece in the beautiful collection of kingdom leaders, here at Shepherd and beyond.
Pastor Victor Pena | firstname.lastname@example.org