Effective small group members realize they are part of a Christian community and understand that along with that comes certain responsibilities. Small group member: Below you’ll find a checklist that will be helpful to you as you evaluate your between meeting responsibilities.
- Feed your soul by spending time in God’s Word and praying daily.
- Pray for each group member by name daily.
- Connect with a few group members via phone or face-to-face. Unless a personal need has been revealed, the contact is simply to let them know you care about them and are praying for them.
- Prepare your heart for the next group meeting by doing the homework requested in the Bible study materials.
- Invite a non-believer to join you at the next group meeting.
- Be certain you follow through if you’re responsible for food or anything else prior to the next meeting.
- Prepare the environment for an effective group experience if the group is meeting in your home.
If you glance back at the article 8 Responsibilities of an Effective Small Group Leader, you’ll see that there is some serious overlap of responsibilities between this list and that one. Yes, because each believer influences the growth of others in their relational circle, every group member is responsible to walk with Christ and make a difference in the world. It’s not just the responsibility of the small group leader.
Rick Howerton has one passion — to see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.” He is pursuing this passion as the small group and discipleship specialist at LifeWay Church Resources.