As group leaders, we put high expectations on ourselves for the success of our groups. We often decide ahead of time what that success looks like and measure ourselves against that standard early and often. But what if we decide to just focus on the things God has asked of us?: pray, be prepared, make the coffee…and leave the results to him.
A predictable environment provides strength and confidence for you and your group. It starts with coffee. Your group members walk in and smell that freshly brewed coffee aroma and know you’re expecting them (even if they don’t drink coffee). Start and end on time. Keep the conversation moving during the group study.
Other things you can do to create a predictable Life Group environment include keeping pets out of the room, making sure young children are asleep or being supervised by a babysitter, and turning off phones.
So, what we are going for as leaders is doing our very best with what God has entrusted to us. In leading a group, we are the stewards of it.
Community with other believers is a miracle. You can’t totally explain or quantify it, but our conversations with spouses and friends are somehow deeper and richer because of it. We see our Creator at work in and through the lives of our group members. And every group is unique.
Let’s do the things we know to do and leave the results to God. Ephesians 3:20 says “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Our job begins with…making the coffee.
What are some of the things you do to create a predictable environment for your groups?