So you want to start a new group. Or maybe your pastor, Sunday School director, or the point person of your church’s small group ministry has started nudging you to start one. So what do you do?
Panic is often what happens at this point! The church leadership wants me to SPLIT my group!!!
People will hate me!
My group will boycott speaking up in our Bible study until I drop this crazy idea of starting a new group!
Folks will threaten to leave the church!
How could the pastor do this to me?
It will KILL our fellowship (and disrupt our unofficial group seating chart)!!
But we have already planned our group Christmas party!
You are experiencing a common emotion among Sunday School and small group leaders – NGSA (New Group Stress Anxiety)!
Unfortunately, many group leaders experience a mild state of panic when the subject of starting a new group arises. For the most part, this panic comes from a couple of sources:
- The group leader fears “splitting” their group;
- The group leader has not prepared anyone to be a new group leader;
- Fear of failure;
- and the fear of the scorn, ridicule, and rejection the group leader may receive from his own group.
I have even had a group leader tell me one time that he would never start a new group because no one else in the church could teach the Bible as well as he could! Wow!!
Much of this anxiety centers around the concept that there is only one way to start a new group, and that is by splitting an existing class right down the middle and making everyone mad.
Tomorrow, I will have a post on the blog listing five ways to start a new group. Here are some things to consider and pray about until that post arrives online tomorrow.
If I fear starting a new group, why is that so?
Who in your current group could become the new leader? What steps can you take to begin equipping this person?
Unlike Apollo 13, failure is an option. Is my fear of failure so great that it prevents me from trying?
If I am a disciple-maker, what kind of disciples am I making?
And… the remedy for NGSA? Take action and address the problem!
See ya tomorrow…