How am I qualified to write anything about being a small group pastor? Here's how my own story began:
I was asked to help with the college ministry at my church in 1983. I knew how to gather a crowd but had no idea how to help them grow in Christ. I learned how to make disciples from Eric Swanson, a Campus Crusade area director who spent a month at our church in the summer of 1984. I started my first small groups that fall using a study guide series called 10 Basic Steps toward Christian Maturity. The group leaders were slightly more mature college students and two young married couples served as coaches.
It's hard to believe, but I've been leading small groups and small group ministries ever since. I've led small group ministries in very cutting edge churches and in stuck-in-time churches. I've served in several of the fastest growing churches in America and in a couple that had plateaued and were teetering on the brink of decline.
I am both a student of what works and a determined experimenter at the edges. I have been called a mad scientist, but I've invented very little. I'm an early adopter and quick adapter. I am not a theorist. I am a practitioner.
I suppose if anyone should know something about being a small group pastor, it might be me.
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