Be A Champion To Remember
Lifetogether's Brett Eastman recalls how his first Small Group Champion
shared words that made a lifelong impact
Although I've championed small groups in several big churches over the
past decade, and even though it's been almost twenty years since I led
my first small group, I still remember the day I led my first group like
it was yesterday.
My palms were sweating, and I thought my heart was going to thump right
out of my chest. But even though I was terrified, I knew God was there
with me. He knew exactly where I was and what the group needed. In just
the first six weeks, the Holy Spirit managed to pull us together as a group
and even motivated two guys to ask Christ into their lives.
I believe God sent me one person to help in that first experience: a guy
named John. He was my Small Group Champion. He came alongside me to help
me lead that group successfully.
He said a couple of things that really mattered. One, he said, "Brett,
you can do it." This may seem silly, but I really didn't feel like
I could do it. But when he shared his confidence in me and showed he believed
in me, it gave me the confidence to lead well.
The second thing he said was, "I will help you." And he did.
He was there for every question or concern I had—no matter how silly
they now seem to me.
These two simple statements sum up well the role of a great Small Group
Champion. If you are a Champion, I encourage you to make sure your Leaders
know you believe in them and are there to help. If you are a Leader, take
advantage of the support your Champion offers. Take it from me, the relationship
will take you far.
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