I’ve been leading small groups for over 30 years now. I’ve fantasized about leading the perfect group for decades. In fact, at one point, I actually created a group covenant that should’ve assured me that the perfect group would enter the doors of my home every Tuesday night. Not even close.
Until I came to the realization that no group was ever going to meet my unrealistic standards, I found myself frustrated. Below are six small group leader fantasies that will haunt you until you embrace the facts… these are only fantasies, not realities.
- All of the group members will come to every group meeting unless there’s an emergency they have to deal with.
- The overly talkative group member, once approached, will talk less.
- Group members will gladly, without arm twisting, take on some of the roles and responsibilities the group needs done.
- The group will realize the importance of multiplying the group and will joyfully, passionately, and willfully birth a new group.
- Group members want to grow spiritually and are willing to do whatever it takes between meetings to grow to become more and more like Christ.
- Every group member will show up for meetings on time and no one will leave early.