Do you have what it takes to be a good Group Leader?

Do you want to be a group leader someday? Who wouldn’t? After all, it’s a great way to disciple and encourage others. Plus, you get first dibs on leftover snacks.

But how can you tell if you have what it takes to be an effective group leader?

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Though personalities and strengths differ, here are four common traits of an effective group leader:

1) Personally pursuing a relationship with God

This doesn’t mean long-time Christian, perfect person, or biblical scholar. Are you currently pursuing a relationship God?

2) Consistent in attendance and preparation

If you aren’t reliable or prepared, the group will suffer. Consistency trumps knowledge and charisma. Do you prioritize your group in your schedule?

3) Positive and encouraging attitude

There is a shortage of encouragement in our world. Effective leaders fuel others with encouragement. Do you regularly look for ways to encourage others?

Paul said, “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Rom. 1:11-12

4) Humble and transparent

“At every stage of our Christian development and in every sphere of our Christian discipleship, pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend.” –John Stott

Are you transparent enough to allow others to see your weaknesses and humble enough to allow others to be the subject of conversation?

Here’s the GREAT news: Each of these traits can be developed. So, you CAN be an effective group leader.

The one thing you should do when you’re frozen

I recently had breakfast with a Senior Pastor who said, “Mark, more than half of the people I counsel are still hurting from something in their past. They remain frozen and can’t move forward.”

Are you frozen because of past pain? (This assessment will help you know.)

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The one thing you should do when you’re frozen is . . . anything.

We often think we need a detailed plan before we can start. The truth is we need to act now. Do something. Take a little step. It may even be the wrong step. But don’t remain frozen.

So, what can you do? Here are 10 small steps you can take when you’re frozen from past pain:

This time next year, you’ll remain frozen unless you do something. So take a step . . . any step . . . TODAY.