My role wasn’t as much to teach them as to partner with one of their own, Chip Kelly, to lead discussions with point people doing small groups in their corps (their term for a church). At one point I was to lead a discussion on small group leader training. I was all ears, as much of my work is the training of small group leaders.
When I asked them about their delivery system for doing training, one of the persons in the room quickly spoke up and said, “I’ll confess, I don’t do training.” There was a long silence, then one of these amazing people told me how she did training. She is a small group point person in Puerto Rico. Below you’ll find the step-by-step process that she revealed to us.
When she finished describing this process I said, “Now, before you started this process, you told this individual that they would someday be leading a group of their own, right?” I wish I could remember the precise response that I got but I cannot. I can tell you this, the theme of the response was, “If I’d told that person they would someday be a leader, they wouldn’t have joined me in this.”
As I looked around the room I realized there was a consensus. The guy who first said he wasn’t training anyone . . . sounds like he was using the same model.
This is great stuff, my small group pastor friends. Read those steps again and integrate them into your system if at all possible. And, if you’re a church just starting to do small groups and you’re wise enough to not get in a hurry to have a bunch of groups immediately realize this: This is the best way to grow a small group ministry.
Here’s why: What this small group point person intuitively did for the individual she mentored will intuitively be done by that person with someone else. All the small group point person has to do is point her to the eight steps above.