The healthiest small groups can be described as groups of real friends…friends who accept one another where they are, friends who are there for one another no matter what, no matter what time of day or night, friends who speak the truth in love and help one another grow in their relationships with God.
But how do you as a small group leader make that happen?
In response to an article I wrote for SmallGroupChurches.com (“8 Vital Heart Characteristics of a Small Group Leader”), Dean asked: “Healthy Small Group Leaders are friends. This one is the most important attributes to me and my experience is that it is easier stated than lived out. Did it take you guys five years to experience the level of friendship your talking about?” Here’s how I responded:
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