Certain things in group are the leader's responsibility. Only you will think about the spiritual growth of everyone in the group. Only you can nurture the group dynamic, making sure everyone supports everyone's spiritual growth. Just about every other task can and should be shared with the members of your group.
Promote Participation is one of our 8 Leader Essentials. Promoting participation is all about involving everyone in the life of the group by delegating tasks such as:
- Hosting meetings
- Providing snacks
- Planning socials
- Leading prayer time
- Facilitating group discussions
For most groups, it's not too early to begin sharing responsibilities during the four-week starter period. Doing so is a great way to give your group members a sense of ownership of the group. It communicates that, while you're responsible for leading the group, it's not up to you to manage all aspects of the group meetings. That is everyone's responsibility. Promoting participation can also help your group members to form deeper relationships with one another.
So, don't hesitate to ask your group members if they want to host meetings at their homes, provide snacks, or plan socials. If this isn't the first group for your members, you may even want to ask them to lead prayer time or facilitate the group discussion.
Don't miss the opportunity to promote participation. Doing so early in the life of the group can help set the stage for a great experience for the entire life of the group.
If you want to learn more about this topic, check out our leader training on Promote Participation. It includes a short video as well as practical ways you can get your group members involved each week.