There are lots of things that happen in groups: the study of Scripture, praying for one another, eating food, serving each other, serving our community, and many other great things. I believe the most valuable aspect of groups though is the development of relationships with other people. I believe at the core what makes groups work is people connecting with one another.
As you are starting to host your new group over the next couple of weeks, I want to strongly encourage you to put most of your time and energy in building relationships in your groups. It is people relationship with you and others that is what is going to bring them back. So give yourself permission to focus on building relationships over the next couple months. The curriculum your group was given has opportunities to read and study the Bible together and to pray with one another. However, do not think you are your group is causally hanging out, eating together, or just having fun as a group as wasted time, instead this it is are valuable moments as group. They are important relational investments.
The Importance of A Group Agreement
Connection Group Guidelines
We Agree To The Following Values...
Clear Purpose To grow healthy, spiritual lives by building a healthy small group community
Group Attendance To give priority to the group meeting (call if I am absent or late)
Safe Environment To create a safe place where people can be heard and feel loved (no quick answers, snap judgments, or simple fixes)
Be Confidential To keep anything that is shared strictly confidential and within the group.
Conflict Resolution To avoid gossip and to immediately resolve any concerns by following the principles of Matthew 18:15-17 which begins with going directly to the person with whom you have an issue.
Spiritual Health To give group members permission to live a healthy, balanced spiritual life that is pleasing to God.
Welcome Newcomers To invite our friends who might benefit from this study and warmly welcome newcomers
Building Relationships To get to know the other members of the group and pray for them regularly.
We agree to the following items:
When we will meet (day of week) _________________.
Where we will meet (place)_________________ .
We will begin at (time) _________________ and end at ________________________.
We will do our best (some or all) to attend the following service together:
o Sat 5pm o Sun 9am o Sun 11am
Review date of this agreement _.
One of our core values in our Connection Groups is that no one serves alone. One of the great parts of working at New Life is I get to work with and be apart of many different teams. I love it when we are able to work side-by-side with new host who are leading a group for the first time
But do you know what often separates a "good" team from a "GREAT" team? Answer: The Coach!
No one can do it by themselves. No one can serve without someone prayerfully encouraging along the journey. A Coach has the ability to support the new host, to them have the best possible experience.
A Coach can literally change the game! Here's 7 ways how:
Your Coach is here to support and encourage you along your journey!