…go and make disciples of all the nations…Mat 28:18
The small group experience is all about encouraging men to become the men God has created them to be. It is about raising up leaders—in the home, the church, the community, and beyond—who honor God by being just, loving mercy, and humbly walking before God. In other words, we are working to fulfill the great commission.
Small groups afford us an opportunity to not only to foster the spiritual growth of the men in our congregation, but also care for them. That is, we must also be willing to help the men of our church cope with the challenges of being a follower of Christ in a world that teaches us how to live without God.
There are six fundament attributes that govern the activities of a small group: confidentiality, commitment, Christ centered, consensus, continued growth, and communication. These attributes MUST be maintained in order for the group to be successful. When a new member joins a small group, you must spend the time to lay down these ground rules at one of the first meetings he is present. Make a habit of not just doing this one on one, but rather in the group setting. Lest complacency set in, it serves as a good refresher to everyone in the group. A more detailed explanation of these ground rules can be found here.
Small group have leaders; it's not just a group of guys hanging out together. And those leaders have responsibilities, namely:
Oftentimes the success of a group will hinge upon the leader's ability to effectively these responsibilities.
- Be on time
- Be prepared
- Ensure that the meetings open and close in prayer
- Have a plan, which is part of being prepared
- Develop Relationships
- Commit yourself to your own spiritual growth
A more detailed explanation of the responsibilities of a small group leader can be found here.