Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A Day of Prayer--noon

As a LifeGroup leader at Legacy Church, you are a shepherd or pastor for those in your group. You embody our core value that "authentic community fosters spiritual growth and transforms lives."

Your role is not just an administrative position to see that everyone attends or that there are enough snacks. Your primary role is not even to make sure you cover the curriculum for the meeting.

Your role as a shepherd or pastor is to nurture and care for the spiritual well-being of those in your group. This is an awesome responsibility, but can be done in the power of the Holy Spirit.

To care spiritually for someone you must first to know his or her needs.

Pause now and look through your roster.

Do you know everyone in the group?
Do you know where they are on their spiritual journey?
Have you taken time to ask what they are expecting by being in your group?

As you go through the roster, say the name of each person and pray the prayer Paul prayed for his friends in Ephesus for them. You can read it here. (Ephesians 3:14-21)

In the days ahead, become aware of each person's spiritual condition and ask God to show you ways the group can serve them.

Thanks to those who have commented. Feel free to comment so others can be encouraged by your posts.


Doug Miller said...

Thanks for the reminder about our true purpose as pastors of our groups. A little scary.

Also found a similar word today in Colossians 2:6-7

Victor said...

I love task lists. I love to check things off of my task list. I am thinking "mission accomplished" when I put that check mark on there. It is so easy and comfortable to just follow the curriculum and make another check mark on my list. But when I think about the most rewarding sessions we've had with our Life Group, it is when we "dive deeper" into our own personal struggles and spiritual battles. I pray to make a conscious effort to be a shepherd and not just an administrator.