We recently re-started our small group ministry at Anchor Way Church. I had the privilege of training our leaders. Part of our strategy at Anchor Way is to be an equipping and unleashing church. That means we place very few “controls” over lay ministry models. We want people to be free to do ministry at whatever pace that fits their stage of life.
Below is what we used to “train” our small group leaders. We believe it balances control and freedom. If you are a small church and need a quick realistic guide for small group leaders please feel free to take this resource and make it your own.
One more thing; Here is a short list of some great books I’ve read to help you start an effective small group ministry:
Creating Community by Andy Stanley
7 Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry by Bill Donahue
Sticky Church by Larry Osborne
IN THIS MEETING WE HOPE TO:
- Expectations of commitment
- Process for leading & directing a group
- Answers to unanswered questions
- and Give leaders an opportunity to speak into the process
EXPECTATIONS OF COMMITMENT
- TIME COMMITMENT
- Commit to lead a group for one year.
- Meet no less than monthly or no more than weekly (1/2 of the year)
- Leader meetings twice a year
- ANCHOR WAY COMMITMENT
The small groups are Anchor Way sponsored small groups. Therefore, It is expected that as a small group leader you:
- Regularly attend Anchor Way worship services
- Affirm Anchor Way’s core beliefs
- Affirm Anchor Way’s vision: Biblical, Equipping, Imperfect.
- Support staff
PROCESS FOR LEADING/DIRECTING A GROUP
The curriculum* for small groups will be sermon based questions provided by pastor Andrew or his designee via website (http://anchorway.com/grow/small-group-questions/) or email.
Unique seasonal curriculum may be provided/encouraged by the staff.
- APPLYING FOR UNIQUE CURRICULUM*
There are many great resources available to small groups and leaders. To use one of these resources we ask pastor Andrew pre approve your requested curriculum for doctrinal purposes.
- YOU ARE THE “PASTOR” OF THE GROUP
- As a small group leader you function in many ways as a pastor/shepherd.
- We trust you to make decisions that are best for the group in regards to:
- child care, meeting times, meals etc…
- Pastor the group.
- Guide people through questions and discussions.
- Calm strong personalities (including your own) allow for weaker voices to speak into the process.
- Dream missionally
- Pray regularly
- Create accountable structures
- Commit to Scripture
- 4 “WINS” OF AN ANCHOR WAY SMALL GROUP:
These won’t happen every week, but if one of these were to occur in a small group you have led a very successful small group time.
- Someone left with a deeper understanding of God’s Word and how it applies to their life.
- Friendships were created.
- Hurting people felt cared for.
- A plan was created to meet a need in our city.
Q/A – SUGGESSTIONS
Thanks for reading. Hope it helps.