A Committed Inner Circle

A committed inner circle provides a solid core to the church planting project. When this group is divided it means you are headed for trouble. You would not want to have leaders who are comparing themselves to each other. That fosters strife and it can be a waste of energy.

The team must focus on dealing with issues that affect the new church instead of dealing with squabbles. Their responsibility or duties in the church should be clearly stated and communicated. It is even better for the duties of each of the leaders to be written somewhere so that they know what to do. The duties have to be described in such a way that everyone knows what is expected. One time when I was putting together a board of trustees for a church, one of the members told me that she did not know what her responsibilities were. This was true because I did not put their job descriptions in writing. Since I did not put together a detailed description of duties some of them did not know what was expected of them. They were not having a clear sense of direction and that was affecting our progress. It is best to write what each leader is supposed to do and a reporting system should be established so that accountability can be set up right from the very start.

As things progress the core group should be able to adapt to the changes and become more effective. The core group should be part of the larger group of leaders in the new church. In Mark 5:37 in reference to the Lord’s inner circle the Bible says, “And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James” (KJV). It could have been awkward to have all the twelve disciples in one small bedroom trying to raise the girl from the dead. What is obvious with small groups is that they can do a lot more than what the larger groups can do in confined places or certain circumstances.

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