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May 4, 2009

What Fires Your Jets About Leading a Small Group?

Reminding ourselves of what's great about leading a small group can give us new energy.


I love leading a small group. I really do! But let's face it - we all get a little weary of our responsibilities by this time of year. If we've been leading a group since September, there are days when we wish it would hurry up and end for the summer. It gets tiring to be in charge of a group of people.

So I like to remind myself of why I took on this responsibility in the first place. Some of the reasons I love to lead a group are:

  • Getting to know a group of people beyond surface level

  • Having the joy of seeing Christ change my life as I depend on him

  • Being astounded when God gives me just the right thing to say at the right time

  • Learning to really pray for others, since I feel responsible for them

  • Seeing God increase my sensitivity to others

  • Experiencing joy as I learn to put others' needs before my own for at least one night a week

All of these are red-banner reasons to celebrate. But the one thing that motivates me most to lead a small group is the privilege of seeing Christ change others' lives. That reason alone can keep me going when everything else gets tough.

I think of Sarah*, who was separated from her husband. They are now back together, raising their kids in a godly manner. Donna struggled from a low view of herself and God because she was abused as a child. She's now leading a group of her own. Shanna didn't know the Bible at all, but now she's learning to apply it to her life and to reach out to others.

By the way, each of these persons was in a different group from each other. Altogether they've spanned almost 20 years of my life. I've never seen a lot of dramatic, instant results. So that's why sticking with it, even when it gets tough, is worth it in the long run. You truly do get to see lives change.

What is your favorite thing about leading a small group? Share it with us so that you can be reminded of why you do this every week, and so that we can be encouraged through you.

*Names changed


JoHannah Reardon is managing editor of

posted by Sam O'Neal on May 4, 2009 10:43 AM

Related Tags: Favorite, Memories, Transformation, Win


Small groups for a month to six weeks works best. No boring silent moments.

Tea party-shot the breeze, relax. Then plan with them, not you for them, it's workable!

"Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I will be also."
Matthew 18:20

just getting around to reading this johannah. great article. i love your encouragement to persevere over the long haul.

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