The Prepared and Prayerful Leader
How the right approach to your sessions can
make your meetings more meaningful
Being an effective leader demands a planning and a prayerful heart.
When you go to prepare for each small group meeting, review the session
and the leader's notes, and write down your responses to each question.
Pay special attention to exercises that ask group members to do something
other than engage in discussion. These exercises will help your group live
what the Bible teaches, not just talk about it. Be sure you understand
how an exercise works, and bring any necessary supplies (such as paper
or pens) to your meeting.
Also, as you prepare, pray for your group members by name. Before you begin
your session, go around the room in your mind and pray for each member.
You may want to review the prayer list at least once a week. Ask God to
use your time together to touch the heart of every person. Expect God to
lead you to whomever he wants you to encourage or challenge in a special
way. If you listen, God will surely lead!
One final challenge (especially for new or first-time leaders): Before
your first opportunity to lead, look up each of the five passages listed
below. Read each one as a devotional exercise to help prepare yourself
with a shepherd's heart:
1. Matthew 9:36
2. 1 Peter 5:2-4
4. Ezekiel 34:11-16
5. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, 11-12
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