Pass the SALT - Issue #133
How do we invite people to become small-group leaders? How do we help small-group leaders become more effective? These are common questions for congregations seeking to grow their small-group ministries.
In Keller, Texas, First United Methodist Church is answering these questions with a little SALT -- Serving Adults Learning Together.
SALT began as a way to enhance the congregation's current small-group ministry, to create new opportunities for small groups, and to equip small-group leaders for leadership. SALT participants meet for an hour each Sunday morning for four months to explore:
- Bible study
- Bible basics
- United Methodist basics
- Adult faith development
In addition to the weekly meetings, participants complete homework assignments. Homework includes assignments such as exploring other church websites to see what small-group ministries they offer or attending workshops on intentional discipleship with adults.
SALT provides a setting for leaders to discuss the importance of small groups, learn skills in leading small groups, identify needs, and find encouragement for becoming a small-group leader. Participants do not have to commit to being a small-group leader prior to their participation in SALT. Their four-month commitment to SALT is an invitation to explore the possibilities.
Some Questions for Discussion
- How does your congregation equip and support small-group leaders?
- What are the basics that every small-group leader needs to know in order to be an effective leader in your congregation?
- What opportunities are available for people to explore possibilities for ministry in your congregation?
- What constraints would you face in implementing an intentional support system for equipping potential leaders? What would need to happen to eliminate the constraints?