At the small group level this year we’ve gone from talking in terms of, “Small group is for you, not you for small group” i.e. a low challenge, highly invitational ‘hey, come and check this out’.  Take what you like, leave what you don’t.  You don’t need to sign up for anything, just come and be served, enjoy yourself and benefit from it.

And, over time, into: “#teamofcaptains“. A captain has ownership. They take the success or failure of the group personally.  They lead, mainly by example, but also vocally when required. They put their body on the line, and occasionally play hurt.  They serve as a representative of the group, even when not on the pitch.  The most successful teams are always those who have captains in every position, the armband becoming an irrelevance.

Both are valid and glorious truths in the Kingdom, there’s a time for both, and it’s rarely a clear cut, ‘hey, we’ve moved from one to the other’. It’s just I want you to have that hunger to see people move on.  On into increasing Christlikeness.  The one who came to serve and not to be served.  The one who said, ‘it’s more blessed to give than to receive’, the one who’s making us into fishers of men.

Sweet moments for me have been when it’s bang in the middle of the #teamofcaptains season. I’m learning to milk them, because it’s always sooner than you think that the real Captain says, “Come on, let’s go to another place, so I can spread the message there also”, and it’s back into, “come and see”.

The Kingdom is near, and He’s on the move. If you want to get involved then jump in with some leadership development.


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