September 20, 2010
...In order to focus on what is really important.
I don't think I have mentioned this on the blog before, but I am currently writing a book for InterVarsity Press with the goal of providing basic training for small-group leaders. It's a great opportunity, and I've been having a lot of fun digging into the writing process.
I'll be blogging about my writing experiences every now and again for the next few months. I'll also be asking for a little help and advice from you, our faithful readers. (And several posts, like this one, will have a little of both.)
One of the points I am trying to make early in the book is that small-group leaders need to focus more on spiritual preparation (things like praying for your group members and building your own connection with God) than physical preparation (things like cleaning the house, preparing a lesson, and so on).
We've had a good conversation going on SmallGroups.com regarding this issue with articles like A Small-Group Leader's Most Important Job, by Jim Egli. But in order for group leaders to have more time to pray, I think they need to spend less time working on the other tasks traditionally associated with leading a small group.
In other words, I think group leaders need to be less productive.
What Can We Give Up?
So the question becomes:
- What tasks are you performing as a small-group leader that could be let go without damaging the group?
- What chores and assignments are traditionally connected to leading a small group that are not really necessary when you stop and think about it?
- What can you cut in order to spend more time spiritually preparing yourself to lead?
I've got a few ideas in mind that we can talk about later, but I would love to get your input on this issue.
posted by Sam O'Neal on September 20, 2010 3:05 PM