How do you recruit new Small Group Leaders? We recruit in several different ways. I’m sure that some of you can name a few that I’ll forget, so please leave a response in the comments. This little evaluation is done through the lens of selectivity and control. Now, without further discussion let’s get to the methods for recruiting Small Group Leaders.

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Methods for Recruiting Small Group Leaders

  1. Face to Face in existing groups – What I mean is that we look at who is consistent in attending and participating in existing groups. Then we look at those who it seems might have the gift of teaching, or even the gift of leadership in that they always seem to gather people. Once they are identified, and have attended our church for a year (that’s a rule at our church), then we start talking with them about leading a group. This is a high-bar for recruiting leaders. It will result in a few new leaders produced each year.
  2. Shotgun approach – Anybody and everybody is asked to lead a group. People may be asked in a sermon, in the hallway, or online. Some churches will take the approach that if you have 2 or 3 friends then you can be a small group leader. They do so with the expectation that someone else will be doing the teaching.This type of recruiting utilizes a low-bar type of approach. Having a low expectation allows the funnel opening to be quite large and has the potential for producing many group leaders.
  3. Process approach – I’ll ask anybody “have you ever thought about leading a small group Bible study?” But, I don’t expect that many will turn into group leaders. In my context we try and invite lots of people to start the process towards leading a small group. However we don’t expect all of them to finish the path at a specific time. I would still call it a high-bar type of approach but using this method we get a much larger opening to the funnel. The opening to the funnel might be filling out a form online, a conversation in the hallway, or a conversation at one of our discipleship classes.

We could talk about many different variations on these approaches but I think that when it comes down to it, 1) you are either being highly selective and highly controlling by recruiting face to face in existing groups, 2) you are not at all selective, but rather you are being undiscriminating in your selection and very loose with control, 3) you are still not being selective because you recruit based on interest, but are being somewhat controlling by controlling the process that people go through.

I suppose I can imagine an instance where a ministry leader might be highly selective in recruiting small group leaders (i.e. only seminary students or graduates), but very loose with control by pretty much giving no guidelines to those people. However I really haven’t ever seen or experienced that style.

So, do you have any other ideas about ways to recruit small group leaders? Please let me know in the comments below. Also, if you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy the post that deals with follow up for new small group leaders.

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