What Should Happen with a Leader Who Has No Time for God?

What should a church or small group pastor do when they discover that a small group leader is not spending time daily with God–assuming this is an ongoing issue?

Yes, there are times that most of us have gone through the desert, and perhaps we’ve allowed our time with God to slip down our priority lists. But we know these times are temporary.

But what should a pastor do if a leader confesses they have been stuck in this situation for a long time, and what should the pastor do if the leader seems to be OK with this (yes, these may be two different situations)?

  • Ask the leader to immediately step down from leadership … at least until this situation changes
  • Develop a personal weekly mentoring/discipleship process with the leader
  • Get a small group coach involved
  • Develop a training program to teach leaders how to have a quiet time
  • Enforce accountability upon the leader(s)
  • Nothing: This situation is between the leader and God
  • Other: ____

What would you do?

Please comment below.

Author: Michael Mack

Michael Mack has been involved in small group ministry as a pastor, writer, trainer, and speaker for more than 25 years. He founded SmallGroups.com 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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