My description of a leader goes like this: “The ability to obtain and retain followers, organizing them, unifying them, and directing them to accomplish a God-given vision.” These are the essential tasks that a small group point person must give his or her time to. When the small group point person becomes too overwhelmed with expectations outside these perimeters, he or she may run an efficient organization but will never accomplish all that God could have done through them.
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.”