Lead a group
Community groups are where those in our church family are known and cared for. We are always seeking new leaders and hosts throughout the year, but especially in the fall when we have an influx of new attendees.
Community group leaders are Redeemer members who 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 prerequisite. The process of church membership starts here.
Equipping and supporting leaders is a priority. We provide New Leader Basics, a vision and skills training program, to everyone interested in leading a community group. (If you have taken the course in the past three years, you do not need to take it again, although we highly recommend it as a refresher and a way to meet other Downtown CG leaders.)
A co-leader is not required, but it can be helpful to share leadership responsibilities with another person, ideally someone you already know. You might consider co-leading with a friend, a member of your current community group, or your significant other.
In the same vein, it’s great if you or a friend can host the group. But if you don’t know anyone who can host, meeting in public is also a possibility. Some groups have been able to meet at work offices and quiet public atriums.
Redeemer provides weekly study guides that correspond with the Sunday sermons and scripture passages. These guides are available on the Friday before the sermon is preached. Current leaders can go to leader resources to access sermons, devotionals, and other helpful content.
The average community group has eight to ten members, but this may vary. If your group is small, that’s okay! This could potentially help your group members get to know one another more deeply.
Your group will be affiliated with the congregation that you are a member of. The community group staff will walk with you to provide pastoral care, pray for you and your group, and serve as a resource as you lead your group.
New Leader Basics Training is offered twice a year and is required of all new leaders. This class is also open to anyone interested in leading in the future.
The workshop begins with an orientation to the Redeemer Downtown community group ministry and covers structure, administrative skills, and expectations of a group leader. Training also includes an introduction to the elements of a group meeting and practical techniques for leading.
Everyone will have a chance to lead one mock group meeting and receive constructive feedback. Afterward, we examine community-building practices and apply them to a case study. The class concludes with Q&A.
Register for the next New Leader Basics Training.
Email questions to [email protected].