By Jay Fennell

1. They Don’t Set Realistic Goals

It’s easy to become complacent and not establish goals for your LIFE Group. Goals give direction, focus and clarity. Zig Ziglar once said, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”

  • What are your goals for “Loving One Another?”
  • What are your goals for “Involving Ourselves in Community?”
  • What are your goals for “Focusing on God’s Word?”
  • What are your goals for “Engaging the World?”

2. They Make Fellowship the Most Important Aspect

Building fellowship among group members is vitally important to the success and health of the group, but it cannot be the only purpose. If it is, the group will gradually become self-focused, neglecting the call to grow as disciples and also “seek and save the lost.” The purpose of Christian fellowship is to encourage and support one another on the journey toward Christlikeness, not just to make friends and have fun.

3. They Don’t Develop Themselves

If the leader isn’t growing spiritually, how can he expect his group to grow spiritually? He can only give out of the overflow of what God has given him. If the leader isn’t developing new leadership skills, he isn’t serving his group well.

4. They Don’t Promote Life Together Through the Week

If the weekly gatherings are the only time group members interact and connect with each other, then they will not be positioned to grow and serve together. The key is to help people move from independence to interdependence. From isolation to inclusion. When group members are in each other’s lives through the week, you know you’re heading toward healthiness.

5. They Don’t Shepherd Their Group Members

Leading a group is more than just teaching the Bible. It’s also about walking with people through life’s mountains and valleys, sharing your life, and taking partial responsibility to see group members grow toward a Christ-centered life. (1 Thess 2:8) Are your group members more like Christ today than last year? Last month? Last week?