Robert Coleman says in his book, The Master Plan of Evangelism, "One must decide where he wants his ministry to count - in the momentary applause of popular recognition or the reproduction of his life in a few chosen men who will carry on his work after he is gone." He goes on to say, "His concern, speaking of Jesus, was not with programs to reach the multitudes, but with men whom the multitudes would follow."
If we are going to have an eternal impact, we have have to move ourselves out of the light, and point others to Christ and obedience to God's word. Relating this principle to a small group leader, I would like to suggest 8 qualities of an effective leader identified in Steve Sonderman's Men With No Regrets Leader Training Manual:
An effective leader:
- Has a strong private life
- Has character that reflects Christ
- Is committed to facilitate the group, not "teach"
- Understands how spiritual formation happens in an individual
- Is committed to building and multiplying disciples
- Has a spirit of a servant leader
- Knows his/her strengths and weaknesses
- Understand the power of a focused life
Take a moment to pick one of these 8 qualities, pick up the phone, and contact your coach to let them know which one you would like to discuss. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind today!
I absolutely love working with ministry leaders and can not think of anything I would rather do with my life - it is a privilege to serve with you!