We’re excited that you’re interested in leading a group!
Below, you’ll find answers to some frequently asked questions people have about leading a Redemption Life Group. Thanks again for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!
WHAT DOES A LEADER DO?
A Leader’s number one job is to welcome people into their Life Group and make them feel comfortable!
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING A LEADER?
Life Group Leaders do not need to be Bible scholars — but they must be growing Christ followers who fulfill 3 requirements. Qualified Group Leaders must:
- Love Jesus: They are a committed Christ follower who is actively growing in the Lord. Others describe them as growing.
- Love People: They have natural affection, compassion, and care for people. Others describe them as relational.
- Love Redemption: They regularly attend Redemption each week and consider it their primary church. Others describe them as loyal.
Group Leaders will be trained and required to:
- Attend an initial Leader training.
- Meet with their Group Coach at least once per cycle at a mutually convenient time for discipleship, prayer, and equipping.
- Participate in quick, online monthly training, which tackles practical topics like: increasing Group participation; encouraging member to pray; and other on-the-ground tools for Leader development.
DO I NEED TO HAVE EXPERIENCE?
Any experience you’ve had leading a Group in the past is helpful, but we invite you to sign-up even if this is the first time you would be taking on a leadership role.
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL I HAVE AS A LEADER?
New Leaders will participate in a Redemption Life Groups Training event before your Group begins. At the training, we’ll equip and prepare you for your Group launch. You will also be matched up with a Coach, whom you will meet with regularly for support and encouragement along the way.
HOW LONG WILL MY GROUP LAST?
We ask that you commit to leading one “cycle” (usually about 6-8 weeks). At the end of this cycle, you and your Group members will decide whether you would like to continue on together as a Group. Your Coach will help you navigate that conversation, and our leadership will provide tools, study materials, ongoing support, and training for Groups that continue on.
HOW OFTEN WILL WE MEET?
There are Groups that meet weekly as well as bi-weekly (every other week.) You decide!
WHERE WILL WE MEET?
Generally, Groups meet wherever the Leader lives. If you don’t have space to lead a Group where you live, you can plan to hold your Group at a coffee shop, Panera, or other appropriate public place.
WHAT WILL WE STUDY?
When a Group first starts out, you will follow a study guide curriculum written by our pastors, based on Redemption’s Sunday messages. This is a sermon-based study. After that, your Group may elect to remain sermon-based or select a study approved by the Community Pastor.
WHO WILL BE IN MY GROUP?
We encourage you to start a Group with a few people you know who live nearby or with people you know at church that are not in a group! Our website also lists Groups by geography and/or stage of life (such as Married Couples, Women, Young Professionals, etc.), so that others can find and join your Group.
HOW WILL PEOPLE JOIN?
There are many ways for people to join a Group. The first way is that they are invited by the Leader or Group members — we believe Groups work best when they build on natural relationships that already exist, so if there are people you know, you can invite them to be in your Group. The second way people join Groups is by selecting one that fits their location and stage of life through our sign-up page. We also host church-wide events throughout the year to provide an opportunity for people to meet leaders prior to attending a Group meeting.
WHAT ABOUT CHILDCARE?
Each individual Group is responsible for deciding how to handle childcare needs. Some options are:
- Have parents arrange for sitters on their own and attend the Group without children.
- Chip in together for a sitter who watches the kids in a different room while your Group meets.
- Group members take turns watching the kids each week.
I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS. WHO CAN I CONTACT?
If you have additional questions about hosting a Group, you can email our Community Pastor Dania Santos at [email protected]