Being a Small Group Leader is one of the most exciting ways to serve in ministry at Seacoast Church. As you open up your heart and home to your neighbors on Kiawah, Seabrook, Wadmalaw and Johns Island, you will see God do incredible things! We’ve been thinking about how we do Small Groups lately and believe these four priorities will empower you to lead well regardless of the size or style of your group.
E – Encourage people in your group. Small Groups are the primary way we take care of one another at Seacoast. Listen closely as people share and look for ways you can speak life into them. Grace, Hope, Joy, Love, and Peace should be takeaways each time you meet. Encouraged people will always want to come back to your group!
S – Scripture is critical to seeing people grow. We want everyone to know who God is and who they are as revealed in the Word of God. Look for opportunities to point your people to Biblical solutions for situations they find themselves in. Spending time in Scripture personally is vital to being a great small group leader. You may not always have the answer to every question, but time in His word brings a better understanding of the Father’s heart for His people.
P – Prayer is the power of God being released into the lives of our people. When you gather, adopt the habit of stopping to pray for each person that has expressed a need instead of simply sharing prayer requests. Great things to pray for: physical/emotional healing, financial provision, salvation of friends and family, relational conflict to be resolved, an application of God’s Word, and anything else relevant to your group. Offer opportunities for your group to pray for one another and allow time for it to happen.
N – “Next Steps” are an essential part of walking by Faith. Look for specific ways to apply the scripture or the truth that was discussed. One form of doing this is by ALWAYS asking your group, “What is one thing you can/will do in light of tonight’s discussion?” Don’t rush through this phase of the meeting! Follow up with people throughout the week and help them stay focused on their “next step.” A few to lead people towards: giving their life to Christ, having a Bible reading plan, being baptized, finding an accountability/prayer partner, trusting God with their finances, joining the Dream Team, etc. We believe God is always speaking, and part of the small group leader’s privilege is to guide his or her members in listening to what God is saying and encouraging them to do something about it.
Are you looking for a life-giving church with a vibrant small group landscape? The Johns Island Campus of Seacoast Church meets at Charleston Collegiate School (2024 Academy Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455) Sunday mornings at 9:30 am and 11:15 am. We would love to meet you and help you find a small group that’s an ideal fit for you! Our weekend experience includes engaging kids and student ministries, compelling worship and timely teaching– with a small-town charm.