Beta Group Leader FAQ

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What are you looking for in a Beta Group leader?
Beta Group leaders should be regular Redeemer attendees that exhibit a passion for God, compassion for people and a teachable spirit. While prior experience in leading a small group is helpful, it is not a pre-requisite. 

Do I have to attend New Leader Basics training to be a Beta Group leader?
Yes, all Beta Leaders will need to complete the vision and skills training. If you have taken the course in the past, you will not need to take it again.

Can I lead a Beta Group if I'm not a Redeemer member?
Yes, but you need to at least be a regular Redeemer attendee. All leaders who would like to continue leading beyond the 7 week commitment as a regular Community Group leader will need to pursue church membership. 

What happens when the 7 week Beta Group is over? Am I required to continue leading the group?
Beta Groups will be given the option to transition into regular Community Groups at the end of their 7 weeks together. If you have a group that has enjoyed meeting together and would like to continue doing so, you can choose to stay with the group or help identify a new leader from within the group to take over. 

If I want to lead a Beta Group, do I need a co-leader? Will you assign one?
We don't require you to have a co-leader, but it can be helpful to have one to share leadership responsibilities with. We've found that co-leaders generally work best together when there is an already existing relationship between them, so we ask that leaders find their own co-leaders. Some people you might want to consider co-leading with are significant others, friends or members of your current Community Group.

What curriculum will Beta Groups be using?
Regular Beta Groups will use weekly study guides corresponding with the Sunday scripture passages. They will be available for download prior to the Sunday the sermon will be preached. Seeker Groups will be using the Reason for God curriculum.  

I lead a Community Group but would like to lead a Beta Group. Would I have to leave my current group?
We recommend identifying someone else in your current group to lead your CG for the 7 weeks while you lead a new Beta Group. This could be a great opportunity to develop new leaders to rotate facilitating meetings. Feel free to continue to participate in your CG as a member if your schedule allows it.

Do I have to host my Beta Group in my apartment or will you provide a location?
We ask that leaders find their own hosts or that they host at their own location. Some groups have been able to meet regularly at work offices and quiet public atriums.

How many people are in each Beta Group? What if my place is small and can only fit a few people?
The average Beta Group has 8-10 members, but this will vary widely depending on space and location. If your location is small, that's ok! This could potentially help your cozy group to know each other more deeply.

Which congregation should my Beta Group affiliate with?
Your Beta Group will be affiliated with the congregation that you are affiliated with. A CG Director and Intern from the congregation will be assigned to you as your support staff to provide pastoral care, pray for you and your group, and serve as a resource as you lead your group. 

How do I signup to lead a Beta Group?
Beta group signups will begin again next summer. Keep checking back, or email