In Groups, Serving, Volunteers

September is just around the corner and at ENCOUNTER that means Groups Launch is coming. Over the summer we have been meeting with leaders as they prepare to launch their new small groups. This season is filled with excitement and anticipation. I can’t help but feel grateful for these men and women who are giving their time to pour into others, to connect and grow together. When I asked some of them why they lead a group, here are some of their responses…

I am leading a small group because God gives us opportunities to be his hands and feet, we are blessed and are able to grow ourselves, the more His spirit works in us. I can see no better way to meet people. – Blake Biederman

I lead a small group because it gives me a chance to meet new people, make new friends, have wonderful fellowship with like-minded people and to enjoy the time we all spend with one another.  We have discussions, laughs, stories and we all reach out to support one another.  It helps to bring me closer to God to be able to serve in this small, but fun and exciting way! – Kathy Rabago

My passion is to come alongside and help others discover the treasure of an intimate relationship with Jesus.  I do this by sharing some of my experiences and helping them learn how to read and take apart scripture by leading in small group opportunities. – Judy Stanton

I lead a small group because what I’ve learned is that head knowledge and heart knowledge start the change or growth in my life, but not until I put it into action with family or friends is it effective. My heart soars when I see the impact small groups have in the lives of our church community…and God is pleased. – Sherry Patterson

I lead a small group because I am very needy – I need the love, care, laughter and compassion that my fellow brothers and sisters bring into my life every time I have the opportunity to communicate or spend time with them. They are the family I get to hang out with. They are the family I get to serve with. They are the family I get to worship with. Being a group leader all these years has been one of the biggest blessings that has come with being a Christ follower. You want to serve the body of Christ and bless the Lord, you become a group leader. You want a blessing, you become a group leader. And, that’s all I have to say about that! – Randy Copp

If you have been thinking about leading a small group, but you’re not sure where to start, we’d love to talk to you! Email us at

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