If you have heard us say it a hundred times, you know it must be true! If you are leading a Small Group, you need to recruit coordinators to help you. Leading in any capacity is hard and that burden can be lessened if you have others to help you. Here are some advantage to recruiting coordinators for your Small Group:
- A coordinator can provide you with a perspective that alone you'll probably miss. Leading a group can take a lot of attention to stay on track. A co-leader can pick up on needs through comments or body language that may fly right by you.
- If you have a mixed group, a coordinator can monitor your timing, signaling you when it's time to cut off the study and move on to prayer requests and prayer. A good coordinator can fill in the awkward gaps or rephrase a question when necessary. This is especially important early in the life of a group when people may still be reluctant to answer. They can also help you set the pace for openness and vulnerability.
- A coordinator relieves you of much of the responsibility for care, follow-up, and prayer requests. You'll still need to provide some care, make phone calls and pray for your members. But your coordinator can take the bulk of that responsibility.
- If you're sick, out of town, or can't attend for any other reason. Your coordinators can step in and make sure your group is covered.
- Perhaps most importantly, this year's coordinators are next year's leaders. Always having leaders "in training" is one of the reasons for the coordinator system.
Don't be threatened by recruiting coordinators. Be grateful! Share as much of the leadership as possible with others. Encourage them to branch out and lead a new group next year. There will never be more leaders than there are Small Groups to go around, so you need not fear for your position. Simply divide and multiply!