HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR PEOPLE?
It’s an important question to ask yourself. As a small group leader, you’re meant for more than just providing comfy seats, tasty treats, and the occasional well-spoken commentary on scripture or your favorite Bible study. You are the leader of your group. You are the shepherd of your flock. You are a teacher equipping others to apply the truth of God’s Word to their lives.
Below you will find three important tools that will help you objectively evaluate the spiritual health of your group as a whole, and the health of your individual members. Click the title of each to view, download, and print whenever you need to!
The GPS Tool (.pdf)
GPS stands for “Group’s Position Spiritually” and this tool is a quick way to get a snapshot of how authentic, transparent, and vulnerable your group really is. Simply use the descriptors to rate both yourself and your group in several areas of small group health such as commitment, accountability, prayer, and more!
Fruit to Root Diagram (.pdf)
Ever have someone tell you why they are upset, but you get the sense that the problem is something that goes a little deeper? The Fruit to Root Diagram helps you connect words and actions to common root heart motives mentioned throughout scripture. By identifying underlying sin problems at the heart level, you will be able to not only pinpoint the cause of many problems small group members face, but also point them to the right scripture to lead them to hope.
The SOS Tool (.pdf)
If someone in your group comes to you with a crisis, what is the best way to care for them? When should you ask your coach for help, meet with a pastor, or get a biblical counselor involved? The SOS Tool gives you (and pastors, coaches, and counselors) a quick way to assess the true severity of a problem, and the likelihood that the person experiencing the problem will not only want to change, but will have the support necessary to commit to that change. Use the descriptors to give a rating for the Severity, Ownership, and Support, then use the total score to determine what level of care is required.
In future posts and videos, we’ll break down each of these tools specifically and talk about how to use them effectively in your own group. Until then, make sure you hit the subscribe button below to keep up with all of our latest content!