A wise small group pastor will take the time to carry out one game changer as they ring in the new year, prayerfully review the year that has passed and think forward to the year that is to come. This practice will, in most instances, give laser like focus to the small group pastor’s personal spiritual journey and the small group ministry’s ultimate objectives.
There are five undeniable resolutions that will most likely rise to the top of the heap. That is, if the evaluator has as their goal to be a biblically driven, effective, church leader.
- I will be a disciple maker. This is the primary objective of the church, any group ministry, and every small group point person. Jesus expected, modeled, declared, and lived it. Every great small group pastor will follow suit, not only equipping group leaders to do this but more importantly, discipling some themselves.
- I will equip those in my group ministry to make disciples. 2 Timothy 2:2 are Paul’s directives to young pastor Timothy. One of those expectations reads, “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” The responsibility of a small group point person is to equip and guide group leaders to make generations of mature disciples.
- I will live a life of integrity. Every pastor should meet the biblical requirements of an elder. These requirements have more to do with character than capabilities. Check out 1 Timothy 3: 1 – 7… “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.”
- I will be a leader and grow in leadership. Many group ministries struggle because the groups point person runs an efficient program rather than leading a transformational movement. Every small group point person would be wise to choose a few proven leadership books and spend time learning then living the values and practices unearthed in them. A few great options are, Developing the Leader Within You by John Maxwell; Start With Why by Simon Sinek, Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels, The Performance Factor: Unlocking the Secrets of Teamwork by Pat MacMillan, Lincoln On Leadership by Donald T. Phillips, The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom, and Leading from the Sandbox: How to Develop, Empower, and Release High- Impact Ministry Teams by T. J. Addington.
- I will be a mentor. Every biblical small group point person is either preparing someone to take their place or is preparing someone to go to another church and lead a small group ministry. Philippians 4:9 was written to a people Paul spent time with. His words are a reminder to every small group point person of the importance of imparting our learnings to others, “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”