So you are a group or Sunday School leader! Unless you intend to either be run ragged or have a do-nothing group, you are going to have to invest in people. In other words, you need to develop a team and delegate ministry to them.
You can have as many team members as you want. In fact, generally speaking… the more the merrier. But here are three key leadership roles I would recommend you have in your group:
Personal Care – Someone in your group needs to take the initiative to contact group members every week. If your group is large you will need a few people involved in personal care. This responsibility is one of the most important around. When people feel like the group cares about them, they are going to show up. Several things happen when they show up:
- They grow spiritually. A person who attends the group has the opportunity to be involved in group Bible study, and prayer for each other and for our world.
- They connect. The more you are around some people, the more chances you have to find someone with similar interests and personality.
- They minister. A person who attends has the opportunity to learn and apply ministry.
Outreach/Mission – Someone in the group needs to assist the leader in connecting with people who are outside of the group. Ideally, every group member should do this, but in reality until someone takes responsibility it just will not get done. This person should not do all the work themselves, but involve other group members as well. They should also find opportunities to engage the group in missions.
Fellowship Leader – Rather self explanatory, but your group needs to party!
A new leader – Call them an apprentice or a mentoree, but every group should be developing someone new to become a leader. In the baseball world, it’s called a farm system; where young players are sent to gain experience and skill. The group leader invests time in this new leader(s) in order to prepare them to lead a group themselves.
Action idea: Who are your group’s leaders? Make a note to yourself of who you have delegated these responsibilities to in your group.