SMALL GROUP MINISTRY (part 2)

This entry is part of 2 in the series article 21

SMALL GROUP MINISTRY

TASKS OF A SMALL GROUP LEADER

  1. Faithful in prayer

  2. To Prepare in Advance
    -physical arrangements
    -available resources (i.e., Bible)
    -format of the meeting: a plan
    -strategy for the use of time

  3. To Guide the Group during the meeting
    -intervening when needed
    -maintaining time schedule (generally)

  4. Ministry of Care
    -projection of personal warmth
    -keeping the group from passing judgment
    -being a model servant for the group "a facilitating, enabling servant leader"

FOUR STYLES OF LEADERSHIP

1. Autocratic – "Tell"

  • total control
  • leader announces contract
  • asks and answers all questions

2. Authoritative – "Sell"

  • strong control with members actively involved
  • definite purpose but open to modification
  • prepared to give direction
  • prepares and asks questions: members respond and discuss

3. Democratic – "Participate"

  • group centered – egalitarian
  • shares leadership responsibility
  • shared control with leader and members sharing functions and decisions

4. Laissez-Faire – "Delegate"

  • permissive – passive
  • minimal control
  • doesn't prepare and lets things drift
  • asks vague or general questions

 

PATTERNS OF LEADERSHIP

*There are a variety of patterns which can be used to conduct a meeting:

1. One leader for every session

  • most common pattern with a leader serving for a pre-determined length (i.e., 8-10 weeks)
  • the continuity of one leader helps the group to develop because everyone becomes familiar with a particular style

2. Partnership Pattern Leadership

Two or three people act as group leaders and share various tasks
week by week. The leadership can be rotated on a weekly basis or
each meeting can be sub-divided into several components with each
leader assisting in some capacity.

3. Rotating Leadership

In this pattern, each member of the group takes a turn at leading.
No one person is burdened with this responsibility, but unless the
participants are experienced, the group can lose its direction and
productivity.

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