I recently read through the book “Lead Small” by Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas. They do a great job breaking down the overwhelming task of leading a small group of children or youth into manageable and intentional pieces. Reggie and Tom discuss:

  1. Be Present // Connect their faith to a community
  2. Create a Safe Place // Clarify their faith as they grow
  3. Partner with Parents // Nurture an everyday faith
  4. Make it Personal // Inspire their faith by your example
  5. Move them Out // Engage their faith in a bigger story

Over the course of the next 5 weeks, I’m going to highlight and discuss each of these components to leading small. I hope this is helpful to anybody who is a small group leader or those who trains and leads small group leaders.


  1. Awesome book! We use this resource and the video series to equip and train our small group leaders.

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