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Being a small group leader can be exhilarating. There is nothing greater in life than seeing someone grow in their walk with God. Watching the light bulb go off in a new believer’s head as they begin to understand what they’re reading for the first time will change your life.

Being a small group leader can also be exhausting. Sheep are hungry and they sometimes get a taste for shepherd’s blood. Have you ever felt like Moses did in Numbers 11?

10Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents. The Lord became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled. 11He asked the Lord, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? 12Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.”

I love what God does next. If I had been God, I would have gone all WWE on Moses, but He didn’t. He instead instructed Moses to divide up the responsibilities of the group so that he did not have to carry the burden alone. If you are a lone wolf leader, you are not going to make it very far. No matter how talented or gifted we are, we all need support. Leaders need other leaders to walk alongside them.

– If you are a small group leader, find another seasoned leader that you can lean into for a season.

– If you are a Groups Pastor, find a few other Groups Pastors in your area that help carry your burden occasionally.

Please do not let pride get in the way of a healthy, long ministry. We all think that we can do this thing on our own, but it will eventually drive us to the place where Moses was – asking God to go ahead and kill him.

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About Chris Surratt

Chris Surratt is a ministry consultant and coach with over twenty-three years of experience serving the local church. Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also the Discipleship and Small Group Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Chris's first book, Small Groups For The Rest Of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes, was just released by Thomas Nelson.

Posted on February 28, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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