Small Group Leaders Requirements/Expectations
To be a House Small Group Leader, we require:
You must already have completed all membership requirements and be a participating member in good standing at The House to be a small group leader. That means if you are currently in the process of becoming a member, you must wait until the next small group cycle to host a group.
We don’t have to agree on everything! However, you can’t have a group that is purposefully teaching things contrary to our core values. For ex: a group that violates the core tenants of Christianity; or a group that teaches God is angry and looking to destroy everyone; etc.
Once you are a House Small Group Leader, we expect the following:
Participation in Training
We will hold a short training time before the start of each small group cycle. We ask you to participate in this time—even if you have been a leader in a previous small group cycle. This training time contains information to help you be successful, as well as valuable connection time with other small group leaders. We have also made various resources available online that are all aimed at helping you to grow as a leader and making your group a success. Please take the time to use these resources!
Participation in the Small Group Fair
The Small Group Fair is one of the best ways for you to attract people you don’t know to you group. We are expecting you to take the time to create a thoughtful, creative display for the fair. We are also expecting you to be at the Fair on both days. This will require you coming a little earlier and being prepared to leave a little later than normal. While at the Fair, you need to be prepared to interact with the fair attendees (put your smile on!), as well as be able to clearly and briefly communicate the main information about your group.
Recruitment of Participants
While we will do our part by encouraging people to participate in small groups through announcements, the Connections Catalog and hosting the Small Group Fair, the responsibility of recruiting people to participate in your group is ultimately yours. This means you must be your own best advertisement! You need to purposely invite people to join your group—even if this outside of your comfort zone. You are hosting a small group for the benefit of the people of The House, so don’t be shy in offering it to them!
Communication with Campus Pastor or other House Staff
We have created structure and resources to help you to be successful. However, there still may be bumps in the road. If so, please don’t hesitate to contact staff and let us know what is going on so that we may be of help to you! On the flip side, we have spent time and energy investing in your success, so we love to hear the testimonies and good reports that come from each cycle too. So, please take the time to “keep us in the loop” as appropriate.