Podcast Episode #42: Elle Campbell - Creating a Lead Small Culture
Posted: Oct 31 2016
Elle grew up in Buffalo, New York and worked for quite awhile in youth ministry.
She has been a part of the Orange Team since 2013. Currently, she is the director of XP3 Middle School Curriculum, the Lead Writer for Lead Small Weekly, a weekly tool to help churches do small groups better, and a co-author of the book Creating a Lead Small Culture, along with Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy.
She has launched a resource website called "Stuff You Can Use" and a bi-weekly podcast known as "You Ministry Answers".
iTunes - Episode #42: Elle Campbell - Creating a Lead Small Culture
Creating a Lead Small Culture: Make Your Church a Place Where Kids Belong by Reggie Joiner, Kristen Ivy, and Elle Campbell
It's Just a Phase--So Don't Miss It by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy
Lead Small: Five Big Ideas Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know by Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas
CREATING A LEAD SMALL CULTURE
- The idea of a coach is a small group leader who is pouring into other small group leaders - the leader of leaders.
- A coaches job is to build relationships with small group leaders.
- Start at the youngest level in your ministry - that way your brand new students don’t know any different.
- A lot more manageable than implementing change in other age groups.
- Choose someone who has been a small group leader and was good at it.
- Does your time and your money say you are about small groups?
- By empowering other leaders, you are multiplying your relational capacity by having volunteers pastor students.
- 70% of kids will walk away from the faith after high school. Being connected to one adult outside of their parents cuts that in half.
- BE PRESENT - As a Small group leader you have to show up. Connects a kid’s faith to the community.
- CREATE A SAFE PLACE- Clarifies their faith as they grow.
- PARTNER WITH PARENTS - The small group leader is the link between the church and the family. Nurtures an everyday faith with the kids you lead.
- MAKE IT PERSONAL - You inspire their faith by your example.
- MOVE THEM OUT - Engage their faith in a bigger story.
- You need more structure as kids get younger.
- As kids get older they need more time outside of church with their leader.
- Younger kids are more trusting of adults.
- As kids get older you need to cultivate that trust more outside of the weekend.
- You can show up for a kid without physically being present (Ex: cards / phonecalls / etc.
- Include parents.
- Implementation of this principle looks different as kids get older.
- Prioritize the small group experience.
- Think about your physical space and the curriculum.
- Think about what you do annually for them.
- Think about what you do seasonally/quarterly for them.
- Think about what you are doing monthly for them.
- Jesus was relational. So yes.