Tom Shefchunas

A Favor to Ask of You…

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I have a favor to ask of you. But before I do, I want to give you some context.

13 years ago, I signed up to be a Small Group Leader for a middle school small group at North Point Community Church.

On the one hand, I loved it.

Since I spent the rest of my week as a teacher and a coach, I loved getting to be a different kind of character in a student’s life on Sundays.

I loved only having a few to be responsible for.

I loved getting to take part in the program instead of being in charge!

But I was also frustrated.

I was frustrated there was no training.

I was frustrated the speaker would seem to say all there was to say and leave me with nothing to do but review the message… with sixth grade boys!

I was frustrated that the program seem to be less about small groups and more about… well… the program.

And… I was vocal. I complained and I had some ideas for solutions.

And then North Point did a most interesting thing with me.

They hired me.

So… I had to put my money where my mouth was. I had to take recruiting, training, inspiring, and equipping Small Group Leaders seriously.

It has been a challenging, but rewarding, eight and a half years. Leading SGL’s is a lot more challenging than I originally thought it was. I have missed my mark more often than I hit it. That is for sure.

But I do feel like we hit the mark in a big way a year and a half ago.

Last year, Reggie Joiner and I put out a book called Lead Small. It is a book for Small Group Leaders of children and students.

Our goal was to give church leaders a resource that they could put into the hands of their new SGL’s. We wanted a quick read that would define the job and inspire Small Group Leaders to do what only they can do.

Over the last year and a half, thanks to many of you, we’ve had about 20,000 Small Group Leaders from around the country, and the world, read Lead Small and apply the concepts to their groups. The reports are coming in from church leaders and SGL’s… and it is working!

We couldn’t be more excited that this crazy little experiment is really helping church leaders and SGL’s.

Now the new and exciting stuff.

Last week we released the Kindle version of Lead Small on Amazon.

And here is where you could really help us out.

1. I would love those of you who have used Lead Small to help us get the word out.
2. If you have read it we’d love for you to review it. You can do that on the site.
3. If you haven’t read it, consider checking it out. I really think it will help you out.

Thanks for considering.

  • Nikomas

    Comment left! I definitely loved this book. It was a quick read, but packed full of insights. Which means that its great for volunteer leaders no matter the church or model.

    Great work, Coach. And thanks for the resource!

  • Jacob Nelson

    Done. Review left. Wouldn’t dare miss an opportunity to help promote a book that has been a game changer for our ministry.