Encouragement for New Small Group Leaders

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Sometimes people will hesitantly step into leadership roles because there doesn't seem to be anyone else around. Bill Donahue offers encouragement that this is not just filling a spot, but answering a call from God. Watch this funny illustration about the flawed people with whom the Lord can still do amazing things.

God calls imperfect people to do incredible things. You might be nervous about your qualifications, but by the world's standards we are rarely ready for our work in ministry. In this video, Bill discusses three things he would say to encourage an apprehensive new small group volunteer.

Matthew 9:35-38 (ESV)

The Harvest Is Plentiful, the Laborers Few

35And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;38therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bill gave three points of encouragement that he would offer to a new volunteer that had just stepped into a leadership role.
  1. It is honorable to follow God's leading in this way.
  2. This offers great potential for spiritual growth.
  3. We are going to help you.

What made you volunteer the first time you stepped into a leadership role? Looking back, can you see God's hand bringing you to that position?
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When have you ever spiritually grown from a time when you were trying to help someone else grow? How did that happen?
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What kind of help do you hope to get from church leadership? What would be ideal support for you?
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If you are inexperienced in a place of leadership, don't worry too much about your performance. Trust God with the results, and use other leaders he has placed around for all the help you can get. Your first goal must be faithfulness.