A few months ago, pastor-dad Kenny Conley shared about the importance of small group leaders as his oldest child started the elementary ministry at his church. May it serve to encourage the leaders in your ministries.
I have a seven-year old son and a two-year old daughter. My son, Titus begins the first grade in just a few weeks and I’m a little nervous about it. At my church, he will officially promote to an elementary small group in August. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited about this new season. He’s going to grow more in his faith in this next season than he has leading up to this time. However, I’m very anxious about what group he’s going to end up in. We have a couple of great 1st grade small group leaders at his service and we’re still recruiting a few more. I know that who he ends up with matters in a huge way (Yes, I do get to pick… one of the privileges of being in charge, right?)
I have several friends who are a little further down the road than I am right now and I know that things are only going to get more complicated and challenging. This is why what happens in a few months is so important. Is my son’s small group leader going to lead this group for the next 3-5 years? Is this person going to call out my son’s strengths and help him grow in his weaknesses? Is he going to reinforce the things that matter to my family? Is he going to live his life in a way that inspires my son?
As a NextGen Pastor, this is what I want of all my small group leaders. As a dad, this is what I need. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make sure this happens because you don’t always get second chances with your kids.
However, you’re a small group leader. Although the moms or dads of the few you lead may not be as passionate about your role in their kids life, it doesn’t change how much you matter. Your role is critical.