youth ministry, youth worker

Leading Small Group Programs

By Doug Franklin August 18, 2009

There is no question, small groups are an incredible tool for discipleship. But, where small groups break down and become ineffective is when the leadership of the program is weak. So leadership becomes the engine of a powerful small group program. Are you with me so far?

When small groups are firing on all cylinders, there is a person mentoring, guiding, equipping and encouraging the small group leaders (SGL) all year. We call this person a coach. The problem is that most small group programs don’t have someone acting like a coach. Instead, they have a person in charge of getting enough SGL for the year and that’s where the job ends. The goal is not to “get them” but to help them become transformational in the lives of the small group members. A strong coach walks the road with SGL’s equipping and encouraging as they go. Don’t abandon your SGL’s, stick with them and help them grow.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More