On Monday, I reprinted my important “Pick a Hill to Climb” post, which led off with perhaps the best way to improve your college ministry quickly:
Strong small group leader training. … There are small-group-leadership skills (practical and spiritual) that can be taught, trained, tried, tested. While plenty of your leaders might be useful and impactful, if they’re untrained… they’re still untrained. Yet small groups are, for most college ministries, the “front lines” of discipling students – why leave this area underdeveloped?
I’ve written about training small group leaders in the past, primarily in a series called “Leadership Nuggets” that I wrote from my own learnings in my own experience as a peer leader back in college. Below, you’ll find the posts from that series – as well as a few other “best-of-the-blog” posts that can help you think through this area!
The Leadership Nuggets series (You might want to point your student leaders toward these posts themselves, or at least use the ideas as you train!)
- 12 Seconds & Ministry Partners: an encouragement toward patience in discussion-leading, and the value of partners in leading groups
- Ministry as an Overflow: getting ministry and our walk with the Lord in the right order
- Getting to Know You…: connecting with our group members in basic little ways
- Liturgy Lite & Rally-Roasting: two more ways to develop community in a small group!
- Selective Emphasis: narrowing our focus to deepen our impact
- Ministry within a Ministry, Over-the-Top-ness: looking for opportunities for extra impact, and really going all-in as small group leaders
- College Students as College Ministers: helping small group leaders understand the weight of this calling
- It Should Be Hard Work: understanding what just might be required (and why it’s worth it)
- Humbling & Lifting (in Due Time): the weekly cycle of small group leading
…and a couple more posts for good measure
- Pick Peopo dat Can Teach Odda Peopo: how reproduction should be taking place!
- Undercover Boss & Mobilizing the Talented: a big idea on who should help train your small group leaders