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  • 1. Discovery United Methodist Church
    Small Group MinistryOrientation
    Portions of this presentation are adapted from:
    • Making Small Groups Work, H. Cloud & J. Townsend
    • 2. Leading Life-Changing Small Groups, B. Donahue
  • Biblical Leadership
    Not the same kind of leadership you see in business, politics, or any other organization in the “world”
  • 3. Servant leadership - the one who is not willing to serve is not fit to lead.
    Biblical leadership is analogous to shepherding.
    Shepherds guide their flock by:
    Serving the flock
    Caring for the flock
    Developing the flock
    Mark 10:45
  • 4. John 10:14
    Leaders shepherd others by modeling Christ’s care and sacrifice.
    Mark 3:14; Luke 10:1; Acts 3
    Leaders work with others and delegate authority.
    John 13:1
    Leaders love others and lead them because of love.
    Scriptural Characteristics of Leadership
  • 5. Leading a Small Group
    Qualifications and Aspirations of Small Group Leaders
  • 6. Small group leaders must agree with each of the following statements.
    I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord.
    I believe in the authority of the Bible in guiding my faith and life.
    I am a participating member of the Discovery church family.
    I agree to come into the small group leadership structure and fulfill the requirements of a leader.
    Initial Qualifications
  • 7. Psalm 42:1
    You will lead best from an inner life that is growing and developing intimacy with Christ.
    As we grow in faith, we develop confidence in Christ and knowledge of His cleansing, healing power.
    Spend time in God’s presence and draw strength, hope, and peace from His Spirit.
    Your group members will be able to see the depth of your relationship with Christ.
    1 Corinthians 11:1
    #1: Connect with Christ
  • 8. “Calling” means knowing that God is in this and that He will sustain you through times of struggle and difficulty
    Jeremiah 20:9
    Having a sense of calling will bring you confidence and a conviction that you are doing the right work.
    #2: Pursue Your Calling
  • 9. Proverbs 4:23
    Pay attention to your integrity.
    Being truthful and trustworthy contributes to your character. Once trust is broken it is difficult to restore.
    1 Timothy 4:12
    Model the Christian life for your group members.
    Evaluate your heart before God, with Scripture.
    Be willing to engage in self-examination and peer examination.
    #3: Guard Your Character
  • 10. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
    Know the kind of ministry that best aligns with how God made you:
    Your gifts
    Your personality
    Your experiences
    Take time to assess where your leadership might bear the most fruit.
    #4: Honor Your Compatibility
  • 11. 2 Timothy 2:15
    Pursue personal development
    Read the Cloud & Townsend book
    Do some additional research on small groups
    Further your skills through training
    How to study the Bible
    Using spiritual disciplines
    Providing care in a crisis
    Strengthening your prayer life
    Developing apprentice leaders
    #5: Develop Your Competence
  • 12. John 21:15-19
    “… Serve in a spirit of commitment, not convenience.”
    “It takes courage, resolve, and perseverance when you are disappointed or weary. Leaders need to remain committed to the cause, to Christ, to the church, and to the people in their group.”
    Bill Donahue, Leading Life-Changing Small Groups
    #6: Maintain Your Commitment
  • 13. 1 Timothy 4:16
    Are you caring for yourself emotionally, spiritually, and physically so that you have the energy – capacity – to lead?
    “There is a difference between going through a season of hardship or difficulty and trying to sustain a fruitful ministry despite frequent exhaustion and constant pressure.”
    God does not want you frazzled and exhausted while you seek to serve others.
    Bill Donahue, Leading Life-Changing Small Groups
    #7: Increase Your Capacity
  • 14. Self-Assessment
    Where is God asking you to focus some energy in this next season of your ministry? In what areas should you celebrate progress?
  • 15. Connect With Christ
    Pursue Your Calling
    Guard Your Character
    Honor Your Compatibility
    Develop Your Competence
    Maintain Your Commitment
    Increase Your Capacity
  • 16. The Commitment
    What am I signing up for? What are my responsibilities?
  • 17. Pursue spiritual transformation.
    Practice intentional shepherding.
    Build authentic relationships.
    Encourage healthy conflict.
    Perform loving service.
    Accomplish a divine purpose.
    Essential Elements of All Group Life
  • 18. Small Groups @ DUMC
    What is the goal? What are the plans? How do I fit in?
  • 19. Mission: To disciple the Discovery United Methodist Church family so that the church as a whole is strengthened
    Phase One (beginning Fall/Winter 2009): Community Care Groups
    Phase Two (beginning Winter/Spring 2010): Bible Study Groups, Special Interest Groups, Task-based Groups, etc.
    Small Group Ministries at DUMC