Tomorrow is our “Revive Refocus Retreat” which we’ve been planning for several months. This retreat is for leaders to grow and experience God more deeply through prayer. The reason for this retreat is simple: the best. most fruitful, life-changing groups are led by healthy leaders who have a strong, growing relationship with God. But let’s face it, leaders are usually busy people who face stress, frustrations, discouragement, and even burnout.

There are some things a leader can do to avoid or beat burnout (which I discuss in my book, The Pocket Guide to Burnout-Free Small Group Leadership, by the way). The #1 burnout buster is to realize and always remember that you are not the real leader of your group. God is. Your role is to “lead from the second chair.”

As I wrote in Burnout-Free, “your main job as a leader is very simple: to stay very close to God,” and sometimes we just need to get away (“retreat”) from our everyday worlds to spend some focused time on God. We need to revive our souls and refocus our minds.

This is not the last Revive Refocus Retreat we’ll do for our leaders. I hope to make it a regular experience. I’ll let you know how this one went soon.

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Michael Mack has been involved in small group ministry as a pastor, writer, trainer, and speaker for more than 25 years. He founded in 1995 and started Small Group Leadership in 2012. He became the 12th editor of Christian Standard magazine in 2017 and continues to speak in churches about small groups, discipleship, and leadership. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. They have four young adult children. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of friends. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

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