I've said many times "Whatever you want to happen in the lives of the members of your groups, has to happen first in the lives of their leaders." I've also pointed out that life-change at the member level begins with you. It would be crazy to expect things would happen to anyone else if they're not happening to you and me. Right?
So far so good?
Model What You Want to Happen
Here's what I want to point out today.
Even the way you want things to happen at the member level must begin with you.
For example, if you want your coaches to have frequent personal interaction with your small group leaders and you want that interaction to be in person or on the phone (i.e., not an email and not a voicemail)...that's how you need to interact with your coaches. If all you do is send a group email to your coaches you can hardly expect your coaches to interact by phone or in person.
You must model what you want to happen at the member level. If you communicate with your coaches with a group email, they will do the same with their leaders. And...shouldn't you then expect your group leaders to touch base with their members by group email?
Do you want your members to know that their leader is praying for them? If you do, then your leaders must know that their coach is praying for them. How will they know that? It will require a combination of asking "how can I pray for you?" Praying for them in the moment and then following up later on their prayer request.
Do you want that to be happening in your small group ministry? It won't happen if you're not modeling what you want to happen at the member level.
Want group members to experience the sense of family in their group? The leader must have already experienced that from their coach. And you must do your part to model that to your coaches.
You must model what you want to happen at the member level. You. Must. Model. Nothing but your example trickles down to the member level.
You must model what you want to happen at the member level.
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