Throughout the month of May we’ll have a series of posts about leading through the summertime. They’ll focus on practical things you can do to continue to build relationships and make the most of your time during a season when everyone’s schedules get crazy. Look for that series to begin on Wednesday.
In the meantime, I thought we’d close out April with another amazing baptism video from Buckhead Church. Kyle’s story is inspiring.
[Today, Matt Driggers offers our second post about how to avoid or reverse leader burnout. Matt is a Groups Director at North Point Community Church—Ed.]
When we’re low on energy and pinched for time, leading a group can feel like a burden. Our first impulse is to retreat. But God designed us to be in close community with other believers. Dropping out of leadership is rarely the best solution.
Your role as a leader is to help others to discover, develop, and use their gifts. This may sound counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to avoid burnout is to pour into the people you lead. Sounds exhausting, right? But it can actually recharge your passion for leading. That’s because when everyone in your group operates from his or her core competencies, everyone in your group benefits . . . including you.
This week, we’ll be talking about something that a lot of us have experienced: leader burnout. When you’ve led for a long time, you sometimes hit a wall. You feel over-extended, over-committed, and exhausted. The responsibility, time commitment, and personal energy required of you as a leader have burned you out.
Here’s what you need to know: burnout out isn’t inevitable; in fact, it’s avoidable. And delegation is one of the keys to avoiding it. Read the rest of this entry »
[Today, we continue Donald Smith’s series on facilitating great group discussions. Donald is is part of Care at North Point Ministries.—Ed.]
In Monday’s post, I gave you five tips for managing the discussions in your group. The tips were taken from information we provide to the leaders in our GriefShare ministry, which is a group environment where people struggling with the loss of a loved one can find support through community. Here are five more tips. I hope they help you to lead your groups more effectively.
[We’re taking a break from Donald Smith’s series on facilitating great group conversations for a time-sensitive post by Reggie Sumpter. Reggie is on staff at North Point Ministries. His responsibilities include leading the charge for Theopraxis (a theological discussion environment for leaders) and acting as a liaison between North Point and Dallas Theological Seminary. We’ll post the second part of Donald’s series Friday—Ed.]
Maybe you’re at a point where you’d love some theological training from the pros. North Point Community Church serves as an off-site location for many classes that Dallas Theological Seminary offers. Real professors from DTS fly to Atlanta on a regular basis to teach.
[This week, we’re going to run a couple posts by Donald Smith. Donald is part of Care at North Point Ministries. He has a ton of insight and experience in leading groups through difficult conversations in a way that maintains group cohesion while meeting individual group members where they are. We think you’ll benefit a lot from Donald’s wisdom—Ed.]
GriefShare is one of our Care ministries. It helps people work through the trauma of losing a loved one. It’s a group environment in which they can begin to understand what they’re experiencing as well as acquire some tools to move forward and find some peace in the midst of really difficult circumstances.
We put a lot of time and effort into training GriefShare leaders because their ability to navigate tough conversations makes all the difference to the people who join these groups looking for wisdom in how to deal with their own pain. Like all leaders, GriefShare leaders don’t have all the answers. They don’t need to have all the answers. They do need to be able to create an environment where people in similar circumstances can form relationships and have rich, helpful conversations about their shared experiences. Read the rest of this entry »
Here’s your Friday Five—a random collection interesting stuff we found around the web this week.
1. This week, The End It Movement has been in high gear shining a light on slavery—a horror that most of us don’t even realize still exists around the world. This video played during the 10B4 last Sunday, but here it is in case you missed it or want to see it again. Read the rest of this entry »
It happens. You get to the end of the eight-week starter period and some of the people in your group decide not to continue. What do you do? If you have a committed core of as few as five individuals or four couples, you can continue on as a group. They’ll need to be committed, though, because groups that small can’t survive spotty attendance.
But what do you when your group shrinks to below those minimum numbers or if the remaining members aren’t committed enough to form a strong community?
If you started a new group at January’s GroupLink, the end of your eight-week starter period is fast approaching. In the final week of the study, you’ll discuss, fill out, and sign the Group Agreement. The agreement isn’t a binding contract. It’s not a document you turn in to the church so we can file it away and refer to it later. It’s just a way for you to make sure that everyone in your group understands what to expect and is on board.