How we lead small groups is vitally important. Small group leaders touch people's lives at a deep level, profoundly impacting how they make sense of the Christian faith. Much of the meaning we attach to Christian community arises from our ongoing experiences in small groups.
Persons who design and lead public worship understand how their decisions and actions have the power to form and transform a people of God. Persons responsible for designing and leading your church's small groups have sometimes been less clear about their role in forming and transforming God's people.
Hawkins identifies the various roles that small group leaders are called to fill and helps leaders identify when each role is appropriate and how to effectively carry out the role.