It’s summer’s unofficial end. School is swinging back into session. (I am officially in Day 3 of my daughter’s high school years.) And it’s time to crank up and revive your small-group life. As you look your fall squarely in the eyes, here’s something helpful to remember. It’s impossible to put together the right leadership team until you know what you’re putting this team together to do. There are four primary things you’re organizing your group for:

Small Group Meeting Time. You’ll need people who are willing to lead Bible Study, prepare food (all great small groups eat great food!), oversee childcare, lead prayer times, prepare and open their home for group meetings, and, in some group formats, lead the group in musical worship.

Development of Individual Group Members. Every small group should have as one its primary objectives to start a new group. It is for this reason that great small group leaders recruit an apprentice before the group has its first meeting. Preparing someone to take part of the present group to start a new group is one of the duties of a small group.

While it isn’t necessary to have a person specifically designated to give care to the group members, it is important that no need go unmet. A small group leader must make part of their responsibility to become aware of the needs of small group members then, as needed, utilize the time, talents, spiritual gifts, and resources found in her small group to meet the needs of group members.

Evangelism. Not all small groups will choose to be on mission together. I will tell you that small groups who do missions together have a much closer bond than the groups that choose not to. Some small groups will find a widow or widower and take care of their lawn, others will spend a day working with the homeless, others will connect with various social ministry organizations in their region and help them out. Some groups have actually gone out of the country to do mission work together. If your small group chooses to be on mission together you will need someone to coordinate these efforts.