“Group pastors must shepherd their group leaders.”
Another term for pastor is shepherd. A shepherd nurtures, guides, and protects his sheep. Not only that, as is unearthed in Psalm 23, he “lets me lie down in green pastures.” That is, when His sheep are exhausted he makes certain they have the opportunity to rest. Small group pastor, if you are going to keep group leaders for the long haul, be more than the church leader who runs an efficient organization. Be a shepherd to the sheep under your watch and care.
Rick Howerton is the Small Groups and Discipleship Specialist at Lifeway Christian Resources. He has authored many small group studies, is a highly sought-after trainer and speaker, and is the author of Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual as well as A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small Group Dynamic. He is also the co-author of Disciples Path: A Practical Guide to Disciple Making and Countdown: Launching and Leading Transformational Groups. But Rick’s deepest passion and his goal in life is to see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.”