In John 15, Jesus uses the metaphor of a vine and branches to instruct his followers to “abide.” When we stay connected to Jesus in this way, we welcome God’s work in us and through us.
By encouraging and facilitating connections outside of regular group meetings, you demonstrate the priority of relationships.
Shared participation (facilitating the study, hosting the meeting, preparing the snack, leading prayer time, planning socials, guiding the curriculum-choice discussion, etc.) creates broader ownership of the group.
Serving those outside of the group is a great way to leverage the influence of the group while strengthening the relationships within the group.
If we truly value the life change God brings about in people, it is important that we take the time to celebrate it in our groups.
By passing on knowledge, skills, and opportunities, you are preparing others for future leadership while sharpening your own.
As all groups have a natural life cycle, leaders must work with their group members to craft a picture of a strong finish.