Small Group Leaders are vital to your youth ministry. If we’re honest though, keeping up with SGLs beyond the kickoff of the year can be a real challenge. But should we really leave such an important part of our ministry unchecked? This week, join ministry leaders and Afton Phillips, Director of Small Group Strategies at Orange, for a conversation about the importance of evaluating Small Group Leaders and what it looks like to set your SGLs up for success in your student ministry’s context.

One of the major downfalls of most ministries is following up with Small Group Leaders beyond the kickoff. (2:00)

Oftentimes, Small Group Leaders do not know how they are doing. (4:00)

Why is it important to evaluate Small Groups Leaders? (4:45)

You can’t evaluate a Small Group Leader if you haven’t clearly communicated expectations to them. (7:00)

The five Lead Small principles are: Be Present, Create a Safe Place, Partner with Parents, Make It Personal, and Move Them Out. (11:00)

Setting expectations up front can help a Small Group Leader evaluate themselves. (12:30)

Your best Small Group Leaders will have the highest student attendance rates. (14:00)

We need to give Small Group Leaders tangible and practical ways to follow through with the expectations. (16:00)

While we can’t tell leaders exactly what to say, we can model it for them. (17:00)

Having a coach for Small Group Leaders can help with evaluating a leader’s effectiveness. (20:00)

The goal of evaluating Small Group Leaders is not to fire them. The goal of evaluating Small Group Leaders is to help them get better in leading their few. (28:00)

Ask your Small Group Leaders: “What do you want to work on? And how can I help you do that?” (29:00)

FREE RESOURCE: Customizable SGL Goals

Book: Lead Small

Book: Creating a Lead Small Culture

Resource: Weekly (resources to help you connect with parents and Small Group Leaders each week)