It’s paradoxical to talk about developing organic community through structures, including accountability. But the truth is, that’s a paradox we have to live in. Your student leaders will build community if someone’s challenging them to do so… and checking up to see if they’re doing it.
How often do you ask your student leaders about the steps they’ve taken to build community?
Whether it’s a challenge like “Connect with a new visitor each week, and sit down (for lunch/coffee/etc.) with a newer visitor once a month” or simply asking good questions – “How did you connect with someone outside of your small group time?” – you have the chance to hold leaders accountable to the what without micromanaging the how.
What you measure is what you’ll get. We know that theoretically but can forget to put it into practice, and this is one area where a little accountability could go a long way.