Who are you pouring into? I have a core conviction that if you are a church leader or even just a Christ-follower, you have a responsibility to invest in other people, leading others to Christ and helping to develop them to spiritual maturity so that they begin investing in other people.
We had an adage back in my medical training: when it comes to performing simple medical procedures you should, ‘watch one, do one, teach one’. Meaning, carefully observe how it works, perform yourself at a high level, then exhibit your proficiency by teaching others.In the small group situation, that is the same as, ‘ be in a group, lead a group, teach others how to lead a group’. I’ve have found myself pushed to a much deeper level of spiritual maturity by having to facilitate a group. I should have the desire to give all my members that same opportunity to ‘grow by leading’. Then when old members leave my group to start their own, I’ll get new members and I’ll be pushed ever deeper into spiritual maturity.