Lead a group
Because Community Groups are where our congregants are most known and cared for in community, we are always seeking new leaders and hosts. While you can sign up to lead at any time, Beta Groups are a nice way to start with only a seven-week commitment. Are you interested in leading but are not sure what to expect? Please see below for more information.
Requirements to lead
Community Group and Beta Group leaders should be regular Redeemer attenders who have prior experience in a CG and exhibit a passion for God, a compassion for people and a teachable spirit. While prior experience in leading a small group is helpful, it is not a prerequisite.
All leaders will need to attend New Leader Basics Training, a vision and skills training program. If you have taken the course in the past, you will not need to take it again.
To lead a Beta Group, you need to be a regular Redeemer attender but do not have to be a Redeemer member. All leaders who would like to continue leading beyond the seven-week commitment as a regular Community Group leader will need to pursue church membership.
Co-leaders and hosts
We highly recommend having a co-leader because it can be helpful to have someone with whom to share leadership responsibilities. We’ve found that co-leaders generally work best together when there is already an existing relationship between them, so we ask that leaders try to 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.
If the leaders have the capacity, we ask that they also try to find their own hosts or that they host at their own locations.
Curricula, members and affiliation
Regular Beta Groups and Community Groups will use weekly study guides corresponding with the Sunday sermon passages. These guides will be available for download prior to the Sunday that the sermon will be preached.
The average Beta Group has 8 to 10 members, but this will vary widely depending on space and location. If your location is small, that’s okay! This could potentially help your cozy group to know each other more deeply.
Your group will be affiliated with the congregation that you the leader are affiliated with. A Community Group director, intern or leader-coach 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.
Beyond seven weeks
Beta Groups will be given the option to transition into regular Community Groups at the end of their seven 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.
Leading both a Community Group and a Beta Group
If you currently lead a Community Group but would also like to lead a new Beta Group, we recommend identifying someone else in your current group to lead your Community Group for the seven 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 Community Group as a member if your schedule allows it.
Sign up to lead
New Leader Basics Training is offered several times a year and is required of all new leaders of Community Groups and Beta Groups. This class is also open to regular members of Community Groups with interest in leading in the future.
The five-hour class begins with an orientation to the Redeemer Community Group ministry, structure, administrative skills and expectations of a group leader. Training then continues with an introduction to the five elements of a group meeting and practical techniques for leading the meeting time.
Everyone will have a chance to lead one mock group meeting and receive constructive feedback from his or her peers. Afterward, we will gather to examine community-building practices and apply them to a case study. The class will conclude with Q&A.
Leader-coaches come alongside Community Group leaders (of up to three groups) by encouraging, supporting, caring and praying for them on a regular basis. Leader-coaches serve from September to July each year. As a West Side leader-coach, you’ll receive ongoing training and care from the Community Group directors starting with a fall semester Intensive. You’ll also have regular opportunities to connect with other leader-coaches for peer support. This lay leader opportunity is open to Redeemer members affiliated with the West Side congregation. Previous experience in Community Groups and/or Community Group leadership is desired. Download the application here.
If you are currently leading a group, see leader resources.