6 Ways to Develop Small Group Leaders


Growing leaders is hard work. 

Do you struggle with identifying and developing leaders for your small group ministry?

If your ministry is like most, the answer is a resounding “YES!

Of course, great small group leadership is necessary to expand the boundaries of your ministry and increase its impact!

This week I had the privilege to speak to a group of small group pastors and leaders in the midwest.

During our time together, I shared 6 strategies to maximize leadership development.

While I was talking to small group pastors there, these strategies could be adopted by anyone who wants to further leadership development.  Take a look at the slide deck from that talk.

The 6 strategies and the questions they answer are: 

  1. Clarify the win. What constitutes a great leader?
  2. Cast a compelling vision.  Why should someone care?
  3. Offer development opportunities. How can we train?
  4. Don’t fill all the holes.  What still needs to get done?
  5. Treat leaders how you want to be treated. Who do I think you are?
  6. Value leaders.  What do we most value?

Reflection Moment: 

What can you do to develop more leaders in your ministry?

What else do you recommend for developing leaders?

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Photo Credit: Andre de Jong 



  1. Dan Black November 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Great strategies Ryan! I think it’s essential to make the ask. I have found many church leaders are afraid to ask skilled and talented people because they think they are busy, however often they are just waiting to be asked.

    • Ryan Hartwig November 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Dan. That’s a good point. Yes, we should ask people to step up while we also allow them to see where there are unmet needs.

      – Ryan

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