As an associate pastor who has oversight of small groups at my church, I see a large part of my responsibility as assisting the lead pastor to be at the center of our discipleship strategy. This is more of an art than a science, because the lead pastor has many demands on their schedule that no other staff or leader has.
In order to position the lead pastor properly, you must find ways to get beneath the surface of systems, memos, and bullet points. You have to be creative at keeping the small group vision connected to your lead pastor’s life in a real way while they’re navigating board meetings, budgets, conflict resolution, local community relations, and more.
Here are three ideas to engage your lead pastor as the small group champion:
1. Develop a Church-Wide Alignment Series
Chances are, your lead pastor loves to communicate. They typically have a topic brewing inside of them that they desire to deliver to everyone’s heart. Tap into their passion by helping them to create a corporate immersion into their message.
In the last two years, I’ve worked with my lead pastor to create two of these experiences with his own…Continue Reading