Three Steps to Getting Volunteers for Small Group Leaders


[/vc_wp_text][vc_wp_text]Small groups are the perfect opportunity to build community and encourage a deeper study of God’s Word. While there are many styles of small groups, the one thing that’s common among all of them is the need for group leaders.


1. Recruit

That may seem like an obvious thing, but you’d be surprised at how many church staffs get disappointed after one announcement before service doesn’t yield many results.

Even with God, He tells us that we have not because we ask not (James 4:2), and if we need to ask with God—we need to ask with people.

Be creative, be clear, and be repetitive. 

Don’t make it feel like a task, but more of an opportunity. Make it a community. In your recruitment, do more to explain WHY they should volunteer, not just THAT they should.

2. Train

Once people are willing to volunteer, that’s not the end of the process. The next step is training. The quickest way to lose volunteers is through lack of training or bad word of mouth.

Don’t make them feel like they’re out on a limb by themselves. Have a system in place [even a simple one ] to train small group leaders in what’s expected and how to succeed in their role.

Make sure they know and agree to the expectations. By volunteering, they are an extension of your staff and should be trained with that in mind.

3. Equip

We’ve talked about recruiting and training. The last step is to equip them. Think of how you can streamline the process and provide the resources they need. There are tons of great resources out there to make classes easier to do on every level for every topic.

[ Don’t overlook a great tool which is getting their feedback after they have done their class or during the process, even. Getting insights from people who are doing the work are invaluable to being able to serve your church better.][/vc_wp_text][vc_btn title=”Download the Qualifications Video” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fvimeo.com%2F158353826||”][vc_separator][vc_wp_text]


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