The Job Description of a Small Group Director

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Four things I think ought to be on the job description for a small group director.

I get asked certain questions on a regular basis. One of the most frequent is, “What does a job description for a small group director (or pastor) look like?” Today I want to give you the basics, but I want to be sure and qualify it by acknowledging this is by no means complete, and I’m sure some of my grouplife peers would have a different take.

But here are the four things I think ought to be on the job description for a small group director:

Create and oversee a leader development concept that helps “test-drive” hosts become leaders over time. This will include:

  • Communication strategies
  • On-site, decentralized and web-based leader development opportunities
  • Coaching

Recruit and develop a team of coaches sufficient to care for the number of leaders in the organization.

Work with the senior pastor and other staff to develop the church-wide strategies surrounding grouplife. This includes:

  • Annual church-wide campaigns
  • Connection events
  • Mid-size events forming steps that lead to grouplife

Design, implement and manage strategies that make it easy to join a group. This includes:

  • Website content and groupfinder capability
  • Periodic church-wide emails with easy-to-use click-to-join opportunities
  • A lobby presence designed to make it easy to get information

Note: Depending on the size of your church, some of these responsibilities might be delegated to other members of a small group ministry team. Additionally, depending on the experience and expertise of the small group pastor, a strategic outsider can sometimes provide the perfect complement to an energetic but less experienced staff member.

One of my most common roles as a consultant is to provide the strategic elements while coaching a staff member in day-to-day responsibilities. You can find out more about my consulting and coaching programs right here.

Want do you think? Have a question? Want to argue? You can click here to jump into the conversation.  

Mark Howell Mark Howell serves as Pastor of Communities at Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, NV. He founded, offering consulting and coaching services to help churches across North America launch, build and sustain healthy small group ministries. He spent four years on the consulting staff at Lifetogether and often contributes to ministry periodicals such as the Pastor's Ministry Toolbox and

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  • Skipp Machmer

    Thanks for posting this info Mark. I was looking at your title and was wondering if you have some different things about your role vs a typical SG Pastor? If you have a chance to followup that would be great.


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