SUMMARY: In this episode, Brian and Rick speak with Dwayne McCrary, the team leader for adult and young adult group resources at LifeWay, about how and why church staff and group leaders should develop themselves in the principles of leadership. Dwayne shares his methods for selecting reading material aimed at leadership development and explains how church leaders can glean truth from leadership principles in contexts outside of the church. Dwayne also discusses how church leaders who are focused on continuing to learn and grow can produce a ripple effect that can benefit the entire church culture.
In addition, Brian and Rick discuss a blog post by Bob Mayfield titled 6 Teaching Methods Every Small Group Leader Should Know, and Rick shares his list of 5 reason it may be the wrong time to multiply a group.
The Groups Matter Podcast is a weekly show designed to resource, train, and encourage small group leaders. Each episode considers current trends and resources as well as timeless truths and methods of discipleship. It is hosted by Brian Daniel, a Bible study expert from the LifeWay Groups Ministry Team, and Rick Howerton, the discipleship and small group specialist at LifeWay and author of Countdown: Launching and Leading Transformational Groups.
GUEST: G. Dwayne McCrary is the team leader for Adult and Young Adult group resources at LifeWay, leads two weekly Bible study groups (one for empty-nesters and one for 4-year olds), serves as an adjunct professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and carries 20-plus years of church staff experience. He is married to Lisa (both native Texans), and they have two children and one grandson. Find him on Twitter: @gdwayne.
EPISODE SPONSOR: This week’s episode is sponsored by SmallGroup.com. SmallGroup.com is an online subscription service that allows churches and group leaders to create customizable, sermon-based group bible studies. Visit the Groups Ministry blog for a quick how-to tutorial, or visit SmallGroup.com to begin your free 2-week preview.