Sometimes being a small group leader can feel like your most challenging role. With the demands of school or work, the pressures of keeping up with your family and friends, and the balance of everything else that’s happening in your personal life, sometimes it’s all you can do to lead your group with a smile on your face.

In seasons where showing up for your students feels like a struggle, remember that simply showing up is speaking volumes to those you see week after week. Sometimes the best thing you have to offer your students isn’t the words you say or the truth you speak; sometimes your consistent presence is the best offering you can give, and in seasons where life outside of your small group feels stressed, your presence means all the more to your few.

Remember: God is able to take your willing heart and consistent presence and make more of them than you could ever ask or imagine! That’s His promise:

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

—Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)

Keep showing up. Keep offering your time. Keep lending a listening ear. Keep bringing a willing heart. God’s power is at work within you, especially when your own power seems to be limited. Show up, be present, and let Him do the rest.

As you prepare to serve your students this week, ask God to put His power to work in and through you. Offer your presence and your heart to Him, and ask Him to do more with them than you can even imagine.


Be curious, not judgmental.
Walt Whitman