What makes for a dynamic small group experience? Most of us know it when we see it. Most of us have been in groups that have a different quality and go well beyond the ordinary. I’ve written about what I think are theessential ingredients of life-change several times.
Here are what I think are the 5 keys to a dynamic small group experience:
- A group leader who is becoming more like Jesus. Like Paul, the leader can say, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ,” 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV). Embedded in this key are the practices of Jesus (praying for group members, thinking about their needs, loving them even when they fail, celebrating their faith steps, and appropriately challenging their stumbles. A key for me is that need to be becomingmore like Jesus. Like Jesus’ closest followers, they can start very far from being like Him. See also The 12 Were Not Chosen from the Core and Leader Qualification: Raising the Bar, Lowering the Bar, or Open Bar.
- A group leader who is being mentored by someone who is a few steps ahead. I’ve often said, “Whatever you want to happen in the lives…