- Jesus was clearly the leader of his groups. Whether it be the 12 disciples or his smaller group of Peter, James and John that he spent significant time with. There was never any ambiguity as to who was leading the group. Jesus regularly let members of these groups have responsibility but He was always the one guiding the process. And after all, he is the one we are trying to be more like, right?
- A Discipleship Group needs a leader to set the pace. When it comes to daily reading and journaling, memorization, prayer, evangelism, etc. each D-Group has to have that one person that you can all but guarantee is going to get the job done. The group needs a leader so that they have someone to aspire to become. They need to be able to look at the leader and see someone that is where they want to be at the end of their time together.
- Accountability requires a leader. Discipleship Groups without a leader find it virtually impossible to hold each other accountable to practicing the spiritual disciplines. Why is it difficult? Nobody has any authority in the group. If everyone is on the same level, what gives any one member the right to hold another to a certain standard? The group needs that pace-setting leader that can honestly say, “I’m not asking you to do anything I’m not doing.”
- A leader keeps the conversation moving in the right direction. People like to talk. And without the leader to guide the conversation you may find yourself way out in left field and not realize how you got there. We have specific items we want to discuss each week in our D-Groups and the leader is the one that makes sure they happen because he or she has the responsibility to steer the conversation.
9 Essentials of a Discipleship Group - Part 1: Leadership
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