It is a pleasant fiction to think that a small group ministry can soar in a church by delegating all of the responsibility to an associate pastor. A similar line of reasoning would contend that the lead pastor doesn’t need to worship because they have hired a worship leader to do that. Of course, nobody would make a statement like that about worship, but often we send a similar message about discipleship when lead pastors don’t position themselves as the small group champions.
If a culture of disciple-making groups is going to take root in a church, it’s critical for the lead pastor to champion the cause.
There are many factors to support this paradigm, but I’d briefly like to share three realities for lead pastors and discipleship . . .
1. Jesus was the Groups Champion of the New Testament Church
Jesus was the greatest small group leader ever. He took 12 people and launched the fastest-growing, most…Continue Reading