How Do I Build Trust With My Small Group? - Life.Church Leaders

How Do I Build Trust With My Small Group?

by Leaders.Life Team

As a leader, you want to be able to help kids and meet them where they are in life. But to do that, you’ve got to know what’s happening in their lives and hearts! Build a safe environment so they can feel comfortable sharing their stories and questions.

How do you build that trust and protect your kids? Watch this video and read below to get some tips!

Earn Your Small Group’s Trust
When you have the trust of the kids in your small group, they’re more comfortable sharing their struggles, questions, and celebrations, and will be better able to build an authentic relationship with you.

Protect Your Small Group
Kids, like grown-ups, have problems, too, and they need your protection to be able to know your group is safe enough to reach out and get help.

Talk through these discussion questions with your fellow leaders and LifeKids team.

  1. How do you build trust in your small group?
  2. What strategies do you think may help a small group listen respectfully when others share?
  3. Name a few staff members you would be comfortable reporting the “three hurts” to.
  4. What are a few personal stories that would be appropriate for you to share with your small group to build transparency?

A special thank you to Orange and the reThink Group for their ideas and research on their “lead small” philosophy referenced in this guide.