Summary: Small group leadership skills evaluation. Free online self-evaluation to evaluate your small group (cell group) leadership skills. For small group facilitators and cell group leaders, pastors and classroom teachers, supervisors and youth leaders—anyone leading small groups, home fellowship groups or cell groups. Practical and printable small group evaluation questionnaire.

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Evaluate Your Small Group Leadership Skills

Self-evaluation for small group leaders, cell group facilitators, and teachers

(c) 2003 Doug Britton, LMFT (Permission granted to print for personal use)

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24)

Introduction — Small groups' leaders and facilitators

Do you lead a small group, cell group, Sunday school class or Bible study? If so, you know that something wonderful can happen when people get together to study.

This self-evaluation can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses if you are a small group facilitator, cell group leader, pastor, classroom teacher, supervisor, youth leader or anyone else who facilitates, teaches, or leads groups and wants to improve his or her small group leadership skills.

If you want information in any area, you can look it up in the relevant chapter of the Marriage by the Book Group Leader's Guide.
  • If you lead a group (or groups) by yourself, complete part one.
  • If you co-lead a group (or groups), complete parts one and two.
As you read, score yourself from 0 to 10 on each point.
  • "0" means "I really need to improve in this area."
  • "10" means "I am doing very well in this area."

Small group leadership skills evaluation — Part 1: Evaluate yourself, individually, as a small group facilitator or leader

I pray and read the Bible regularly. My score (0-10): ____

I am friendly. My score (0-10): ____

I am an encourager. My score (0-10): ____

I reach out between classes. My score (0-10): ____

I say that I too need to learn and grow. My score (0-10): ____

I prepare before class. My score (0-10): ____

I ask others to help with class activities. My score (0-10): ____

I am enthusiastic. My score (0-10): ____

I apply the material to myself. My score (0-10): ____

I provide a good example. My score (0-10): ____

I am a good listener. My score (0-10): ____

I avoid talking too much. My score (0-10): ____

I ask open-ended questions. My score (0-10): ____

I encourage questions. My score (0-10): ____

I get members to speak to one another. My score (0-10): ____

I emphasize personal application. My score (0-10): ____

I stay alert and provide guidance. My score (0-10): ____

I keep us on the subject. My score (0-10): ____

I center discussions on the Bible. My score (0-10): ____

I step in if someone talks too much. My score (0-10): ____

I gently stop angry attacks. My score (0-10): ____

I turn people to Matthew 7:1-5. My score (0-10): ____

I cut off detailed personal confessions. My score (0-10): ____

I put people in God's hands. My score (0-10): ____

Small group leadership skills evaluation — Part 2: Evaluate yourselves as a team of small group co-leaders or facilitators

We pray for the class or small group members during the week. Our score (0-10): ____

We discuss the material before small groups meet. Our score (0-10): ____

We plan what we will cover before class. Our score (0-10): ____

We get to class early. Our score (0-10): ____

We both lead the class in prayer. Our score (0-10): ____

We take turns leading small groups' discussions. Our score (0-10): ____

We are polite when we disagree with each other. Our score (0-10): ____

We use a prearranged signal if our co-leader talks too much. Our score (0-10): ____

We ask for feedback from our class about our leadership. Our score (0-10): ____

We review how we did after each class. Our score (0-10): ____

Personal application

Small group evaluation: Look at your small group leadership scores and choose areas you will work on to improve your skills.

Area 1:

Steps I/we will take to change:


Area 2:

Steps I/we will take to change:


Area 3:

Steps I/we will take to change:


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