Welcome   Getting Started in Group Life          groups director orientation information
Welcome to the North Point Ministries Group Life team! We are excited that you haveTable of Contents                      ...
Orientation Timeline               Setup a Meeting                                  Attend                          Read/L...
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Orientation Timeline            Setup a Meeting                                Attend                            Read/List...
NPMI Fundamentals         Vision, Mission & Strategy                                                                7 Core...
• Supplement curriculum reading assignments from the Scriptures along with         5 Things God Uses                      ...
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Statement of Faith                                                                            Staff Coaches         North ...
Division/Campus Collaboration                                                                Notes         Group Life Divi...
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North Point Ministries                                                                           Interview all new leaders...
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Reference Email Template                                                                      Covenant         Hi [REFEREN...
Seasonsof GrowthEveryone who attends one of            Taking peoples’ spiritualour campuses is at a unique            tim...
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Question: What about those who don’t get connected into a community group at                    Question: What makes your ...
3. Culture - Does this person embrace the mission, vision and strategy of the church?     Question: How do you foster acco...
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Directors Orientation
Directors Orientation
Directors Orientation
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Directors Orientation
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  1. 1. Welcome Getting Started in Group Life groups director orientation information
  2. 2. Welcome to the North Point Ministries Group Life team! We are excited that you haveTable of Contents chosen to join us. This orientation packet is designed to give you an overview of our Group Life ministryWelcome Letter ........................................................................ 5 areas, of your group director position, and of the integral role that the ministry and yourOrientation Timeline .............................................................. 6 position plays in the organization as a whole. The Orientation Timeline section of this manual serves as a guide to your orientation process. In keeping with our organizationalNPMI Fundamentals .............................................................. 12 and divisional culture we have prioritized relationships and environments as the optimal 5 Things God Uses to Grow Our Faith ........................ 14 means of delivering content. In addition, we have recommended resources and a list of other topics pertinent to your role. 7 Core Values ................................................................ 16 7 Practices for Effective Ministry ................................. 17 As you begin your employment as a Community Group Director at North Point Statement of Faith ........................................................ 20 Ministries we want to offer several observations that pertain to your orientation. First of all, we understand that different people have different learning styles. Therefore, Staff Coaches ................................................................ 21 while the columns of the Timeline Orientation section of this packet suggest a specific Division / Campus Collaboration ................................. 22 delivery of the content, feel free to consult your manager and team members about theGroup Life Fundamentals ....................................................... 24 possibility of obtaining the relevant information by an alternate means that are more conducive to your style. Secondly, we acknowledge that adults learn best and most on a Leader Essentials ........................................................... 24 need-to-know basis. With that in mind, you are encouraged to adjust the time frames Job Description .............................................................. 26 (i.e. first week, first month, first quarter, and first six months) to which the various items are assigned. Lastly, we recognize that much of what you learn will be on-the-job Leader Interview Qualifications & Questions ............... 28 training acquired by actually performing the duties of your role. In learning your role in Group Leader Reference Email Template ..................... 30 our ministry, we ask that you give attention not only to what we do, but to why we do Covenant ....................................................................... 31 what we do what we do. Seasons of Growth ........................................................ 32 Being a new employee is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and learn how FAQs – Community Groups ......................................... 34 our ministry works. Please, feel free to do so. Your “fresh eyes” for our ministry and organization position you to offer your own unique and valuable questions and insights. FAQs – Assimilation ..................................................... 42 Group Life Definitions ................................................. 48 Thank you for choosing to be a part of our team. We look forward to the valuable contributions that you will make in your new role. The North Point Ministries Group Life Team pg. 5
  3. 3. Orientation Timeline Setup a Meeting Attend Read/Listen/Watch Walk Through ! Coordinator – calendar overview, ! Read Getting Started in Group ! Home Campus Facilities TourFirst Week coordinator role & support, reporting systems: Life – Groups Director Orientation ! Organization Structure for NPMI and _______________________ Information Campus ! Assimilation team member at your ! Read Creating Community, by Bill campus: Willits and Andy Stanley _______________________ ! Accompany another director on a leader 1-on-1 : _______________________ Setup a Meeting Attend Read/Listen/Watch Walk Through ! Starting Point team member at your ! Attend NEXT (first available ! Read Seven Practices Of Effective Groups Model campus: opportunity) Ministry, by Lane Jones and Andy ! History of groups at NPM _______________________ Stanley ! Transformation vs. informationFirst Month ! Leadership Training & Resources (LTR) ! Watch or listen to “Why I’m A team member: Lifer,” Andy Stanley’s Willow Creek ! Duration of groups _______________________ 2009 Groups Conference talk ! Covenant ! Team Members of other Group Life ! Review the membership website ! Closed Groups departments as desired: ! Multiplication _______________________ Review Web Resources: ! Number of group members ! Accompany another director on a leader Orientation Timeline ! groupcurriculum.org interview: ! Apprenticing _______________________ ! groupleaders.org ! Leader Development ! Previous director about leaders/groups: ! 5 C’s _______________________ ! Facilitating vs. teaching ! Childcare Reimbursement ! Northpointleaders.org pg. 6 pg. 7
  4. 4. Orientation Timeline Setup a Meeting Attend Read/Listen/Watch Walk ThroughFirst Quarter ! Right Path conversation with manager & ! Attend CGLO (first available ! Listen to “Trust Over Suspicion,” ! Best Practices a staff coach: opportunity) Andy Stanley’s staff training talk from ! Toolbox Inventory _______________________ 7/20/07 ! PDP Process ! Campus Group Life Director: ! Watch or listen to the “Five _______________________ Things God Uses To Grow Our ! Care team member at your campus: Faith” sermon series _______________________ ! Listen to “40 Miles,” Andy Stanley’s staff training talk from 12/4/06 ! Review Insidenorthpoint.org/ groups Setup a Meeting Attend Read/Listen/Watch Walk Through ! Bill Willits ! Attend SP Orientation ! Listen to “Don’t Be That Couch,” ! Facilities tour of the other campusesFirst 6 Months Andy Stanley’s staff training talk from 7/7/08 ! Listen to “Polarity Management,” Andy Stanley’s staff training talk from 6/7/04 ! Listen to “Repairing the Orientation Timeline Transmission,” Andy Stanley’s Drive ’06 Session 2 talk ! Review Insidenorthpoint.org pg. 8 pg. 9
  5. 5. Orientation Timeline Setup a Meeting Attend Read/Listen/Watch Walk Through ! Team members of other divisions / ! Attend Sundays at North Point ! Listen to “Funnel of Love,” Andy ! Relationship / information departments as necessary in other divisions: Stanley’s staff training talk from management systemsOptional _______________________ 7/1/10 _______________________ ! Read “Leading Life-Changing _______________________ Small Groups,” by Bill Donahue _______________________ _______________________ ! Read No Perfect People Allowed, by John Burke ! Life Lessons Over Lunch Director: _______________________ ! Read Everybody’s Normal Till You Get To Know Them, by John Ortberg ! Listen to “Don’t Be Stupid,” Justin Elam’s staff training talk from 8/5/10 Orientation Timeline pg. 10 pg. 11
  6. 6. NPMI Fundamentals Vision, Mission & Strategy 7 Core Values Our vision is to create churches that un-churched people love to attend. Our mission is • Biblical Authority to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Our strategy is to create • Intimacy with God environments where people are encouraged and equipped to pursue intimacy with God, • Relational Evangelism community with insiders, and influence with outsiders. • Authentic Community • Strategic Service • Intentional Apprenticing 3 Vital Relationships • Relevant Environments • Intimacy with God • Community with Insiders • Influence with Outsiders 7 Ministry Practices • Clarify the Win • Think Steps, Not Programs 5 Things God Uses to Grow our Faith • Narrow the Focus • Practical Bible Teaching • Teach Less for More • Private Devotions • Listen to Outsiders • Providential Relationships • Replace Yourself • Pivotal Circumstances • Work On It • Personal Ministry 3 Key Environments Our Groups Model We believe that sustained life change happens best within the context of intentional • Foyer NPMI Fundamentals structured relationships. Community groups provide that structure for us at NPMI. A • Living Room community group is defined as a small group of 6 to 10 individuals or 5 to 6 married • Kitchen couples who meet in someone’s home for fellowship, Bible study, prayer and accountability. They are closed groups with a commitment to meet together for 18 to 24 months.pg. 12 pg. 13
  7. 7. • Supplement curriculum reading assignments from the Scriptures along with 5 Things God Uses two or three simple questions. To grow our faith • Orient your discussion time toward application not simply information. After you became a Christian, what were the defining moments for you in your faith B. Private Devotions journey? What contributed to your growth? Did you ever fall away? Why? What brought • Develop a consistent devotional life. you back? In each of our stories, the catalysts for our spiritual growth typically fall into five • Assign one or two memory verses for each curriculum you study. categories. We call these the 5 Things God Usesto Grow Our Faith. • Suggest devotional guides. • Spend time teaching your group how to have a quiet time. I. The Five Things God Uses to Grow Our Faith • Open group time by asking one member to share a quiet time insight from the previous week. A. Practical Bible teaching C. Providential Relationships B. Private Devotions • Create space in your life for relationships. • Begin the early sessions with personal testimonies. C. Providential Relationships • Allow for social times regularly • Multiply your group and apprentice another leader. D. Pivotal Circumstances D. Pivotal Circumstances E. Personal Ministry • Be sensitive to people’s need to process. • Provide Biblical guardrails for their interpretation of current events. Now, if that is how God works, what does that mean for community groups? If we want • Bear one another’s burdens. to have life-changing small groups, we need to work in tandem with these five things. So, what can we do in our groups to facilitate the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of group E. Personal Ministry members? More specifically, what are some practices in which you, as a groups director, • Encourage group members to join a strategic service team. can coach group leaders? • Encourage group members to describe their hands-on ministry experiences. • Participate as a group in a ministry project. This section offers best practices for each of the 5 Things, ideas to assist group leaders in • Choose a curriculum that focuses on evangelism or spiritual gifts. NPMI Fundamentals paying attention to, and leveraging these five catalysts in their group. • Involve every member in ministry to the group. (Example: Share the teaching assignment, the hosting assignment, the prayer time, select an apprentice.) II. Community Groups and the 5 Things Suggestion: A. Practical Bible teaching Review the 5 Things with your community group. Use this time to explain some of • Choose curriculum that necessitate personal Bible Study. the “whys” behind the “whats” of group life. You may want to begin this discussion by • Choose curriculum that supports the 3 vital relationships (Intimacy with God, giving illustration of how God has used these five things to facilitate your own spiritual Community with Insiders and Influence with Outsiders). development.pg. 14 pg. 15
  8. 8. 7 Core Values 7 Practices For Effective Ministry For North Point Ministries 1. Clarify the Win 1. Biblical Authority – God has spoken to us through the Bible and we recognize Keep your ministry aligned by clearly defining what is important it as the final authority for our lives. As long as the “win” is unclear . . . 1. You force those who want to follow to guess what a win looks like. Q. Are your priorities consistent with Scripture? 2. You enable those who want to lead to define winning in their own terms. 3. You risk the havoc that misalignment can cause to an organization. 2. Intimacy with God – God desires an intimate relationship with each of us. The clearer the “win” . . . Q. Is your relationship with God growing? 1. The easier it is to keep everyone on the same page. 2. The better you’ll manage resources. 3. The more your staff will say “no” to what doesn’t fit. 3. Relevant Environments – Every environment should be designed to effectively 4. The simpler your structure will stay. connect with its target audience. 5. The greater the potential for momentum. Q. Are your environments appealing, engaging, and helpful? CRITICALQUESTION Are your values and vision driving your decisions? 4. Relational Evangelism – God’s message of forgiveness through Christ is most effectively conveyed within the context of personal relationships. 2. Think Steps not Programs Q. In whom are you investing? Before you start anything make sure it takes you where you need to go 5. Authentic Community – Accountability, belonging, care and spiritual growth You need to PRE-DECIDE 2 things. 1. What you want people to BECOME. happen best with relationally-connected believers. 2. Where you want people to BE. Q. Are you in a small group? Then make sure every environment you design is a step to get them there. 6. Strategic Service – Our spiritual gifts have maximum impact when exercised in A GOOD STEP has to be . . . 1. EASY NPMI Fundamentals support of our strategy. 2. OBVIOUS 3. STRATEGIC Q. Where are you serving? Why Churches have Programs, not Steps 7. Intentional Apprenticing - We are responsible to pass along to others the 1. They don’t have a clear strategy. knowledge, skills and opportunities that have been entrusted to us. 2. They have bought into a ministry “menu” philosophy. 3. They feel pressure to provide programming on the basis of needs, not purpose. 4. Their staff has built their identity around a program and not a mission. Q. Who are you apprenticing? 5. They do not have a culture that confronts the “brutal facts”. 6. They fear the fallout of eliminating certain programs. 7. They have not given their leaders permission to “not” do some things.pg. 16 pg. 17
  9. 9. CRITICALQUESTION CRITICALQUESTION Is there a step to add or a program to subtract? What are the “irreducible minimums” you teach? 3. Narrow the Focus 5. Listen to Outsiders Don’t try to do everything in every environment, do a few things well Become a student of the target audience you are trying to reach 1. Focus on WHO you want to reach. How to make outsiders a priority: 2. Focus on WHAT you want to accomplish. 1. Study the EXPERTS. 2. Practice an “INVEST & INVITE” Strategy. YOU HAVE TO DRAW A CLEAR TARGET, 3. Ignore INSIDERS. IF YOU WANT EVERYONE TO AIM IN THE SAME DIRECTION! The more focused the environment . . . CRITICALQUESTION the greater the relevance. Do insiders get excited about inviting outsiders to your church? the better the connection. the higher the quality. 6. Replace Yourself Make sure every volunteer recruits a volunteer to multiply the base of ministry CRITICALQUESTION How do you define success for each environment? Intentional apprenticing solves a number of problems. 1. It allows you to recruit exponentially. 2. It protects the quality of leaders. 4. Teach Less for More 3. It gives people confidence to serve effectively. Reduce curriculum down to an “irreducible minimum” and establish a cycle 4. It insures your future as an organization. TEACH WITH THE END IN MIND! CRITICALQUESTION A. The “Teach Less for More” concept is based on this premise: Who is the best prospect to do what you are doing ? 1. All Scripture is equally INSPIRED. 2. All Scripture is NOT equally IMPORTANT. 3. All Scripture is NOT equally APPLICABLE. 7. Work on it, Not Just in it Establish consistent blocks of time to celebrate and evaluate what you do NPMI Fundamentals B. To “Teach Less for More” you need to: 1. Decide WHAT you are going to say. 1. CALENDAR TIME. 2. Decide HOW you are going to say it. 2. CELEBRATE THE WINS. 3. Decide to say ONE thing at a time. 3. CONFRONT THE FACTS. 4. Then say it OVER and OVER again. C. Reasons churches don’t “Teach Less for More.” CRITICALQUESTION 1. They are programmed to teach information, not application. Are spending time working ON your ministry, or just IN it? 2. They worry about not having enough to say. 3. They fear they will leave something out. 4. It’s easier to teach more for less, than it is to teach less for more.pg. 18 pg. 19
  10. 10. Statement of Faith Staff Coaches North Point Ministries North Point Ministries What does North Point Ministries believe about the Scripture? We recognize that there are times when you may need to speak to someone on staff We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the regarding a work or personal situation and you may not feel comfortable in talking with Spirit to write words of Scripture. Therefore, the Bible is without error. your direct supervisor. That is the reason why we have created the staff coach role. At each North Point Ministries campus, we have staff coaches who are available to meet with you. What does North Point Ministries believe about God? The information you share with your staff coach will be kept confidential. We would ask We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). that male employees meet with a male staff coach and female employees meet with a female We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who staff coach. You can contact Staff Coaches at any campus regardless of the campus you became flesh to reveal God to man and to become the Savior of the lost world. work at. Staff coaches are as follows: What does North Point Ministries believe about mankind? Browns Bridge Community Church We believe that man was created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him, but Al Causey Middle School Group Director became alienated from that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man is Bob Hempen Director of Married Community Groups totally incapable of coming back into a right relationship with God by his own effort. Shawnie Merritt Assistant to Lane Jones Elaine Scott Women’s Community Group Director What does North Point Ministries believe about salvation? We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for the Buckhead Church forgiveness of sins. Therefore, salvation only occurs when a person places his faith in the Susanne Fatigati Membership Director death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his sin. Kristen Franklin Assistant to Jeff Henderson Mike Glogorski Director of Care Network What does North Point Ministries believe about the Christian life? John Hambrick Director of Married Community Groups We believe that every Christian should live for Christ and not for himself. By obedience to the Word and daily yielding to the Spirit, every believer will mature and become conformed North Point Community Church to the image of Christ. Cliff Atfield Married Community Group Director Darcy Dickerson Associate Service Programming Director NPMI Fundamentals What does North Point Ministries believe about the church? Diane Grant Assistant to Andy Stanley We believe that the church is the body of Christ of which Jesus Christ is the Head. The Ashley Kirkman Assistant to Bill Willits members are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of Fran LaMattina Director of Women s Community Groups the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to a lost world. Dave Lewis Director of Care Network Janet Schroer Women s Community Group Director Tom Shefchunas Director of Middle School Dan Stonaker Associate Director of Ministry Services Donald Wise Strategic Partner Director John Woodall Director of Married Community Groupspg. 20 pg. 21
  11. 11. Division/Campus Collaboration Notes Group Life Division – North Point Ministries Like any organization, as NPMI has grown in size we have grown in complexity. Having multiple campuses has multiplied the challenges of communication and collaboration. In an attempt to manage the tension between efficiency and creativity effectively, the organization has clarified the responsibilities held by campuses and those held by division (in your case Group Life) in several areas. This grid is provided to give context on and insight into the organizational leadership and decision-making structure. Division Responsibilities Campus Responsibilities !"#$$ - staffing requests (w/ campus) - staffing requests (w/ division) - staffing/interview strategy - interview process - staff hiring (w/ campus) - staff hiring (w/ division) - staff development - staff logistics %&(&#) - program concepts - program implementation - ministry branding/marketing - ministry promotion - systems design - systems implementation - group content/curriculum plan - content/curriculum implementation - fusion teacher content - fusion teacher coordination - calendar planning - calendar implementation - budget strategy/priorities - final proposed budget - printed materials/layout - printing/distribution NPMI Fundamentals *#+,-,". - facility design - facility decorations - facility scheduling/logistics /-01"22&3 - training strategy - strategy implementation - combined training events - campus specific eventspg. 22 pg. 23
  12. 12. Group Life Fundamentals C. Identifying an apprentice in the first six months off your group helps insure that your group is ready to multiply at the end of your covenant period. D. Our multiplication strategy necessitates the need for apprentices at every level. Leader Essentials E. This essential focuses on how you intentionally apprentice. 6 Leader Essentials Overview 5. Provide Care - How you handle tough situations Each leader is equipped, developed and monitored around 6 key essentials that we have A. The most effective support during times of crisis or special need comes from defined as the components to a healthy group experience. While the list is not exhaustive, people you know well. we feel the group experience will be valuable for both the leader and the participant if the B. Effective community groups are biblically functioning communities of leader implements these priorities. All of our equipping times, both corporate and one-on- encouragement and care. one, are centered on these essentials. The six leader essentials are detailed below. C. The primary way we provide care to our attendees in through our community groups. 1. Think Life Change - Why we do groups D. This essential focuses on how you deal with challenging situations in your group, A. The objective of a community group is to create an environment where God is and the additional resources that are available from Buckhead Church. able to work in the lives of group members. B. Over time, your group can easily drift away from doing the things that best help 6. Multiply Influence - How you maximize impact it accomplish this objective. A. The success of the group can be the demise of system (i.e., not multiplying) C. Keeping the life change goal in front of the group challenges us to make the B. Multiplying new groups allows you to multiply your influence. group meetings purposeful. D. This essential reminds us of why we do groups. Year # People Today 10 2. Cultivate Relationships - How you build community 1.5 20 A. Healthy group relationships require regular and intentional investments. 3.0 40 B. Taking steps early to build the relational capital of the group is one of the most 6.0 160 important things you can do for a new group. 9.0 640 C. This essential focuses on how you build community in a group. 10.5 1280 3. Promote Participation - How you lead and Involve others C. New members bring new vitality to your group. Group Life Fundamentals A. Community group leaders are facilitator of discussion, not teachers of curriculum. D. Multiplying your current group provides an opportunity for others to participate B. Shared participation creates broader ownership of the curriculum and of the in a group. group. E. Ways to reduce the trauma of multiplication: C. Group members should be encouraged to participate in the facilitation and the • Use the covenant to establish a birth date leadership of the group meeting. • Enlist an apprentice early D. This essential focuses us on how you lead the group meeting. • Talk about multiplying early and often • Multiply around the best times ( January & September) to form a new group. 4. Replace Yourself - How you intentionally apprentice A. Apprenticing is the most effective way to train new group leaders. B. An apprentice is someone who has the potential to replace you, not simply assist you.pg. 24 pg. 25
  13. 13. North Point Ministries Interview all new leaders in preparation for each GroupLink. Assist in identifying apprentice leaders within existing groups. Job Description Constantly recruit new leaders. 6. Oversee Multiplication Married Community Groups Director • Track group progress through 12-24 month duration. • Identify apprentices and begin developing them in preparation for leadership. Purpose Statement: • Meet with apprentices when possible. A Community Groups Director is responsible for shepherding and leading approximately • Encourage multiplication of groups. 75 group leaders by encouraging and equipping them to pursue the three vital relationships and the six leader essentials. Administration (15%) 1. Manage notes from meetings with leaders. Reports to: 2. Setting up 1-on-1 meetings (or working with coordinators to assist in meeting Director of Married Community Groups scheduling). 3. Verify that all group information is current and accurate after each 1-on-1 meeting Profile: or as needed. The profile of a Community Groups Director should be a blend between people and task 4. Insure timely follow up after each GroupLink. personality traits. He/She also should have one or more of the following spiritual gifts: • Contact Starter Groups to determine which groups are continuing into leadership, discernment, exhortation, teaching and pastor/shepherd. Community Groups. • Contact Formative Groups to offer assistance, discuss leadership options and Priorities/Responsibilities: determine any appropriate next steps. 5. Participate with various Group Life teams and meetings that focus on the ongoing Highest Payback Activities development of the ministry. • Enlisting • Shepherding • Administration Events and Training (15%) 1. Participate in GroupLink activities including: • Multiplication • Environment set up Group Life Fundamentals • Events • Leader meeting assistance • Event attendance Shepherd Leaders (70%) • Environment breakdown 1. Meet one on one with leaders 3 times a year. 2. Participate in planning and execution of training events across multiple campuses. 2. Equip and develop each leader around our 3 vital relationships and the 6 leader 3. Assist in planning and execution of yearly group leadership events across campuses. essentials. 4. Participate in leading and serving at Community Group Leader Orientations. 3. Monitor the health, effectiveness and duration of groups. 5. Participate in developing leadership tools for our leaders as needed. 4. Be available to minister and serve each leader. 6. Assist periodically in execution of NEXT environments. 5. Recruit New Leaderspg. 26 pg. 27
  14. 14. Community Group Leader • Reference email template Interview & Qualifications Process: Those interested in being a Community Group Leader should fill out a leader application and meet with a staff person for an interview before taking on the role of Community Group Leader. Profile: The Community Group Leader is responsible for providing his/her community group with vision, direction and support. The Group Leader is supported by a Community Group Director. Qualifications: The Community Group Leader is to: • Be a member of the church • Fill out application • Be interviewed by a staff member • Be willing to participate in regular leadership trainings and one on one’s • Preferably had previous small group experience Expectations: • Shepherds the group by facilitating the group meeting and monitoring it’s health and duration • Guides decisions relating to the covenant and curriculum around the 3 vital relationships • Participates in and encourages the spiritual growth of group members (needs to Group Life Fundamentals hint at apprenticing/serving) Leader interview process for Group Director: • Group Director receives leader application from Coordinator • Group Director contacts applicant to schedule leader interview • Contact applicant in a timely manner. Do not approve in the meeting. Resources: • 5 C’s of leader interview • Leader interview/questionnaire/overviewpg. 28 pg. 29
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  17. 17. FAQs Question: How are the single adult living room environments and single adult community groups related? Community Groups Our FUSiON gatherings function as a step between our Sunday worship service foyer environments and our community groups. FUSiON attendees experience a taste of Question: How do you define a community group? community in discussion groups at the gatherings, and are regularly encouraged to connect Community groups are small groups of approximately six married couples or eight to ten into a community group. Community group members are also encouraged to participate individuals of the same gender that meet weekly in someone’s home for fellowship, Bible in FUSiON gatherings as another opportunity to connect relationally with the members study, prayer, and accountability. They are for adults of all ages, stages of life, and spiritual of their group, as well as other single adults, on a regular basis. The Single Adult Living maturity. Most community groups are formed as people meet and connect at GroupLinks. Room and Single Adult Community Group teams also work together to execute an annual Labor Day singles retreat and other special events. Question: Why does North Point do community groups? We believe that it is in the context of intentional relationships where significant life change takes place best. Community groups are the place where real life and real issues Question: What is your process for connecting people into community groups? are discussed. This is the environment to celebrate the successes and good times of life and The primary way we connect people into community groups is through GroupLink. We comfort one another in the tough and disappointing times. It is a place to be encouraged, hold four GroupLink weekend events per year. equipped and challenged to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Question: What is a Starter Group, and how is it different from a community group? Question: When do community groups meet? A Starter Group is a group that has agreed to meet together for eight weeks to get to know Each community group decides when and where it wants to meet. Most groups meet at each other, do a relational type curriculum, and at the end of that time determine whether least 3 times a month. As individuals seek to join a community group, we help them find or not they want to stay together for another twelve to twenty-four months as a community people that are meeting on a particular night and in a certain area of the city. All of our group. The main purpose of a Starter Group is getting to know each other and forming community groups meet in group members’ homes. With the exception of Starting Point relationships. This sets the foundation for the group, as it becomes a community group. groups, no small groups meet at the church. Question: What is your process for tracking Starter Groups? Question: How long does a community group last? After Starter Groups are formed, information about the group and its members are entered Initially, all of the groups that are formed at GroupLink begin as Starter Groups. Starter into our church management database, and a special notation is made to indicate that the Group Life Fundamentals Groups are created to be an introductory step into group life. After eight weeks, group group is in the starter phase. Starter groups are then assigned to the appropriate group members can decide to continue on with their Starter Group members or dissolve to director, and each director follows up with the leader at least once during the eight-week find another group. Starter Group members who continue on establish themselves as a starter period. Eight weeks after the group’s start date, the leader is contacted to find out community group and commit to meet for an additional twelve to twenty-four months. if the group has decided to continue on as a community group, as well as to update any Each group determines the duration of time that they will meet. members that have been added or dropped during the starter period.pg. 34 pg. 35
  18. 18. Question: What about those who don’t get connected into a community group at Question: What makes your groups model unique from others? GroupLink? Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of our model is the closed group structure. We A volunteer assimilator or Assimilation staff member contacts those who don’t get believe relationships take time to form and anything that gets in the way of the group connected to help them determine their “next steps”. Most of the time they are directed to building the relational capital of the group works against this reality. Groups stay closed the next GroupLink opportunity. for a predetermined time of twelve to twenty-four months. At that time they multiply to form at least two new groups. (If a group loses members along the way, they are free to add Question: You don’t have mixed gender single adult community groups, why? new a member or couple if everyone in the group agrees.) The purpose of a community group is to provide a predictable environment where participants can experience authentic community and spiritual growth. We believe that Question: What is the purpose of the covenant and is it really necessary? this happens best with single adults when they are connected with members of the same The covenant is a tool used by the group members to help establish expectations and manage gender. It is inherently more difficult for a leader to create a predictable environment with the group for the duration of its life cycle. Its use is essential because most problems that single men and women together in the same group. The relational dynamics created by a groups face are due to unmet expectations. mixed environment limit the accountability that is possible or appropriate. As a result, we do not believe mixed-gender single adult groups experience the same level of community Question: How is childcare provided for community groups? that is possible in same-gender groups. Parents arrange for childcare during their community group, but we provide childcare reimbursements at a pre-determined rate. Childcare reimbursements are requested online. Question: How do groups choose curriculum? The first source of tension for new groups can often be around curriculum. We Question: What is your process for recruiting and approving leaders? have chosen to remove that potential obstacle by giving group members their first Our primary means to identify potential leaders is our apprenticing process. Part of the curriculum at GroupLink. After the first study is complete, our leaders have access to responsibility of leading a group is executing the leader essential ‘Replace Yourself ’ by www.groupcurriculum.org, which is an online resource that gives them over 200 different identifying a leader apprentice within the first six to nine months of a group. Once the choices as well as ratings and feedback from other leaders. They also have the option apprentice is identified, they still must be approved to lead by a staff director. The approval to contact their director to assist them in the selection process. Our goal is that groups process for group leaders includes: choose studies that promote growth around the 3 vital relationships (Intimacy with God, 1. Completing a leadership application online. Community with Insiders and Influence with Outsiders). 2. Completing the process to become a member of the church (in the event they are not members already) Group Life Fundamentals Question: How do groups add additional group members in the event that group 3. Meeting with a staff director for an interview members move or get married? 4. Committing to ongoing development, beginning with a one-time community We encourage group members to look at their existing relationships first. (friends, neighbors, group leader orientation before or shortly after starting their group etc.) After that we encourage them to go to a GroupLink or contact their area assimilator. When making the decision whether or not to approve someone for leadership, the candidates are evaluated in five key areas: 1. Character - Is this person in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ? 2. Competence - Does this person have the skills and experience to lead a group?pg. 36 pg. 37
  19. 19. 3. Culture - Does this person embrace the mission, vision and strategy of the church? Question: How do you foster accountability in a Married community group? 4. Connected - Is this person connected to the church through membership? We do this by encouraging men and women to separate for prayer time, guys/girls night 5. Chemistry - Is this someone with whom you’d like to be in a group? out, or even for a short curriculum. Question: Can people who have been divorced lead community groups? Question: How do you provide care for community group leaders/members with Yes, we do allow people who have been divorced to lead community groups. During the marital struggles? interview process, we ask the candidate who has been divorced to share the circumstances The first line of defense is always the group and the group leader. If the situation is of their divorce in the context of their life story and spiritual journey. During this time we more challenging than they feel comfortable with, the leader will contact their staff group ask questions to discern what steps the person took to reconcile with their spouse, accept director for additional help. The next step will be the Care Ministry, where they will be responsibility for the failure of the marriage, and seek personal recovery and growth after encouraged to attend an Intimate Encounters group, a ministry to heal hurting marriages the end of their marriage. As a general guideline, we do not want to place someone into and make good marriages better. For those who need professional counseling, we have a a position of leadership within two years of a divorce or without completing a structured list of local counselors that we will refer them to. divorce recovery program, such as an Oasis group. Question: How do you address emotional issues in community groups? Question: How do leaders choose and prepare an apprentice? Part of the role of the group director is to provide encouragement, direction, and support A leader should choose someone who could replace them. The best way to prepare an to assist leaders in navigating through difficult issues that arise in their groups. We make apprentice is to include them in every aspect of facilitating and leading the group. In every effort to help the group leader successfully work through these issues without direct looking for an apprentice, we ask leaders to look for those who have the four C’s (character, involvement from the director. However, there are times that the director needs to get competency, culture and chemistry) to lead a group. personally involved. This can include meeting with individual members of the group, the entire group, or acting as a mediator to facilitate a conflict situation. In these situations Question: Is there only one leader in a group, or does leadership rotate? where direct involvement is necessary, the group director discerns when it is necessary to There is only one leader of the group, but we encourage leaders to rotate the responsibility engage with our Care Ministry for further assistance. These instances may include seeking of facilitating and hosting the group meeting. This builds up future leaders and helps all a counseling referral, guiding a member toward a support group environment, or seeking group members take ownership for the group. benevolence assistance. Question: How do husbands and wives lead together? Question: What is your process for handling “troubled” groups (i.e. a group that is Group Life Fundamentals Couples are encouraged to complement each other in a community group the same way dying before it’s supposed to end)? they would in their marriage. We see groups as a great place for everyone to exercise their The group director is responsible for working with the group leader to help him create a spiritual gifts. predictable environment where the group participants experience authentic community and spiritual growth. Part of this responsibility is being able to diagnose unhealthy Question: How do you address men’s issues and women’s issues in the context of a circumstances that arise in a group and guide the leader through those situations. Each married couples group? leader receives individualized instruction from their director based on their needs and the We encourage men and women to separate as needed for prayer, sharing, and for studying needs of the group. Every effort is made to help make the group successful, but if all a curriculum specific to their respective needs. attempts are unsuccessful, the director shepherds the leader through the process of early multiplication.pg. 38 pg. 39
  20. 20. Question: How do you get groups to multiply? • How is the leader doing personally? How are they growing in their relationship We get groups to multiply by continually casting vision to our leaders, who in turn with Christ? continually cast it to their groups. We also encourage leaders to identify and equip an • How is their group going? How are their group members experiencing growth in apprentice. The apprentice will take half of the group and start a new group, while the their relationship with Christ? How are they creating a predictable environment leader keeps the other half and starts another new group. around the six leader essentials? • What are next steps that need to happen after this meeting? Question: Do you recommend groups meet outside of their weekly meeting times? Yes! We recommend groups have regularly scheduled planned interruptions. A planned Question: What is the average week in the life of a staff director like? interruption can be a social event, a community service project, or even an overnight retreat. They average seven to nine meetings, including leader meetings, leader interviews, and staff meetings. Approximately 15% of their time is spent in administrative duties such as Question: How do you train your leaders? weekly reports, documenting meeting notes, scheduling meetings with leaders, and other We offer our leaders multiple training opportunities: duties as assigned. • Community Group Leader Orientation (CGLO): This training provides new leaders with tools they will need for the first six months of their group. We Question: Is there a website where other churches can learn more about North Point’s also introduce new leaders to our six Essentials (Think Life Change, Cultivate philosophy and opportunities for small groups? Relationships, Promote Participation, Replace Yourself, Provide Care, & Multiply We are constantly adding information to our website, but our most current information is Influence). on www.insidenorthpoint.org/groups. • Three One-on-One meetings (one per trimester each year): Directors meet with each leader individually at least three times a year. • One Fall S2 Training (annually): Directors gather leaders in groups of 50-75 for skills training and shared learning at gatherings we call S2 (Skills development & Shared learning.) Leaders are given a choice of several S2 dates. • One Winter re:roup event (annually): A large training environment where group leaders and apprentices gather together for worship, teaching (large-group and workshops), and encouragement. This event occurs on one day (or evening) in the fall. Group Life Fundamentals Question: What is your process for keeping up with leader meetings (i.e. tracking system for one-on-ones, etc.)? Our directors use a personal information manager (PIM) on their computer to track contact information about their leaders, schedule leader meetings, and record information about those meetings for future reference. After meeting with a leader, the director records the following information about the meeting in their PIM software:pg. 40 pg. 41