Essentials-coverIn our Leadership Group, Carlos Antonio shared key concepts taken from the book “Creating Community” to keep in mind as we lead small groups.

1. Think growth.

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory are being transformed into His likeness… (2 Cor. 3:18)

Small groups can become ingrown.

We cannot reduce small groups into numbers and statistics.  It’s all about life-change.

The interesting about life-change is that it takes time.  That’s why Paul told the church in Corinth that transformation is a process.  We are BEING transformed into His likeness.

2. Cultivate relationships.

Ways to make this happen is to cultivate…

– Authenticity
– Confidentiality
– Respect
– Availability

3. Promote participation

The more they participate, the more they feel they are part of the group.  The goal is not to teach and be the Bible answer man.  The goal is spiritual growth.  People learn more as they personally discover truth through revelation.

4. Replace yourself.

Who in the group can you start to apprentice for future leadership?  Be conscious of replacing yourself.

Empower people to lead and help you make disciples.

Maybe easier said than done but it can be done.

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