On about a monthly basis I receive a request from a church for resumes of possible small group pastors and even more frequently someone communicates with me wanting me to send their resume to churches searching for a small group pastor.
This has forced me to seriously consider what makes someone a great small group pastor. From my perspective… the eleven essentials noted below would be my requirements if I were a senior pastor looking for a small group point person.
1. Has had a definite calling by God to be a small group pastor.
2. Someone who is humble enough to realize and accept that they fall under the authority of the elders who have oversight of the church they are serving in.
3. Embraces and adheres to the biblical expectations of an elder.
4. Is married to a spouse who has recognized and is board with their husband or wife serving sacrificially in the local church.
5. Believes wholeheartedly that transformation takes place best in small groups.
6. Is a visionary with the ability to see the future, living wisely in the present, and creating and carrying out strategies that will someday make the vision a reality.
7. Knows how to and is willing to build and oversee a team of people passionate to make disciples through small groups.
8. Has a healthy work ethic… That is, someone who works diligently and wisely and isn’t a workaholic.
9. Someone who is as passionate about discipling the small group they lead as they are about having oversight of a small group ministry.
10. Someone who spends time daily with God and is accountable to and seeking wise counsel from a select group of people.
11. Someone who understands or is willing to learn about and build structures and systems that are the skeleton holding the small group ministry firmly in place.
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