At Northeast, I’m always looking for unschooled, ordinary people who have been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). The expectations bar is very low in regards to their current knowledge and skills, but it is higher in regards to their heart for Jesus. I’m praying and looking for leaders after God’s own heart.
As someone steps into leadership, however, God expects them to grow.
- “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18; see also Eph. 1:17 and 2 Peter 1:8)
- “teach what is in accord with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1)
It is my main responsibility as a small groups minister to equip our leaders (see Ephesians 4:12) for their service. I like that word equip. It means I provide the resources for them to grow. One of the ways I’ve done that recently was to ask David Holdcraft (right) to be a part of our team. David team-leads both a couples and men’s small group at our church. He is an ordained pastor and professor who has a depth of knowledge in doctrine and apologetics.
We’ve asked David to do two main things:
- Be a “Bible Answer Guy” for our group leaders. When someone asks a tough question in a group, they can ask David, and he’ll provide them with Bible verses, theological background, and whatever else they need to discuss the issue further with their group.
- Help equip leaders in the areas of doctrine and apologetics. We are preparing a short Zoomerang questionnaire that we’ll use to get a baseline on our leaders’ current understanding. From there, David will prepare workshops, video snippets, and articles that our leaders can utilize to grow in their knowledge and understanding.
David leads a ministry called Reasons Ministries with a growing web site that is a big part of the toolbox. There, leaders can ask questions that David will respond to, and he posts his responses on the site. He also has a great bimonthly newsletter, a blog, and other practical apologetics ministry opportunities. See the Reasons Ministries website here: http://reasonsministries.com/.
We want our small groups to be healthy and growing. This is one way of helping assure that is happening.