Created by Kenny and Elle Campbell of SHINE! Middle School Ministry of The Chapel at CrossPoint in Getzville, NY. FILE TYPES: Editable in Microsoft Word and Pages, plus a PDF to view our finished product. We’ve found that a great way to help our Small Group Leaders stay focused and effective in ministry is to give them a handful of reachable and measurable goals. We […]
Small Group Leader Goals Editable Page
A template to use for communicating goals to small group leaders. Includes editable Word, Pages, and PDF files.
Created by Kenny and Elle Campbell of SHINE! Middle School Ministry of The Chapel at CrossPoint in Getzville, NY.
FILE TYPES: Editable in Microsoft Word and Pages, plus a PDF to view our finished product.
We’ve found that a great way to help our Small Group Leaders stay focused and effective in ministry is to give them a handful of reachable and measurable goals. We narrowed down all of our hopes and expectations for our Small Group Leaders into 6 goals, which we ask them to complete every semester. And if they do, they get a nice little reward…
So here’s what we’re looking at…
- SEND POSTCARDS. We always keep stacks of postcards on hand for our Small Group Leaders to use. We’re constantly encouraging and reminding them to take advantage of those postcards to send their students quick little notes – maybe for their birthdays, if they haven’t seen them in a while, or just to say hi. We hear all the time from parents who say that postcards from their kids’ Small Group Leaders are hung on refrigerators, tacked to bulletin boards, or displayed in their kids’ rooms. When our Small Group Leaders write a stack of postcards for their students, all they need to do is hand them to someone on our staff – we pay the postage and put them in the mail the following day.
- HAVE A PARTY. Small Group Leaders investing in their students outside of church is a big deal for us. An easy way to do that is by having a small group party! We recommend 1 or 2 parties each semester. We help our Small Group Leaders make these parties happen by creating their flyers, providing supplies whenever possible (like Nerf guns, games, snacks, or time in our building), and also giving them a monthly budget to help cover their costs.
- CONNECT WITH PARENTS. Each semester, we want our Small Group Leaders to be conscious of what they are doing to actively connect with the parents of their students. So whether that’s through parent e-mails, a parent-hangout, or even just briefly touching base in person, we want our Small Group Leaders to always keep partnering with parents in mind.
- COME TO THE PARENT EVENT. In addition to what our Small Group Leaders are doing on their own to connect with parents, each semester we also host an event specifically designed for Small Group Leaders and parents to connect. Now that we have several of these events under our belt, our Small Group Leaders know that their participation in these events is super important because they’re one of the few times they can get so many of their students’ parents together in the same room.
- TEACH A FAITH SKILL. Although we’d love for our Small Group Leaders to be able to help their students learn one of the 5 Faith Skills every month, we know that’s probably not possible with everything else they’re trying to do. So we simplified it by encouraging them to choose just one Faith Skill sometime during the semester and do it really well.
- HANG OUT ON A KID’S TURF. We put a huge emphasis on connecting with students and families outside of church. But one of the ways a Small Group Leader can make a HUGE impact with a relatively simple gesture is by showing up somewhere that is meaningful to their students. Maybe it’s their big game, or their dance recital, or their birthday or graduation. Whatever it is, we encourage our Small Group Leaders to keep their eyes open for opportunities to show up on a kid’s turf – it communicates immense value and builds incredible influence!
When our Small Group Leaders are finished with all of their goals, they send us an email telling us what they accomplished. We love hearing the stories of how their parties went, how they’re creatively connecting with students and parents, and what they’re doing to better disciple their students. These emails are also a great way for us to get ideas about what is and isn’t working so we can communicate that to the rest of our Small Group Leader team.
At the end of each semester, we gather up all the names and emails of our Small Group Leaders who completed their goals and we buy them gift cards. These prizes work as a great incentive to complete these goals but, more importantly, it’s also a “thank you” for all of the hard work and energy that we know our Small Group Leaders put into their students. So while a few bucks on a Starbucks card can’t really compare to the effort it takes our Small Group Leaders to make these goals happen, it at least demonstrates that we value them and all of their hard work.
Stuff You Can Use - Youth Ministry Resources
Sign Up To Receive Free Youth Ministry Resources!
And never miss a blog post from us again!
We hate spam just as much as you