To lead their group well, Community Group Leaders are expected to...
- Intentionally develop relationships with group members
- Prepare for and execute the group meeting (often through delegation)
- Pray for group members between meetings
- Provide and coordinate pastoral/shepherding care
- Regularly evaluate your group and leadership
Below are some critical resources to aid the leadership of your group. As always, contact your Coach with any questions.
ChaT Prayer Card
Praying as a group can be more than just a list of requests or a way to open and close the group time. We have created a resource called the C.H.A.T. Prayer card that can help you guide your group in a rich time of prayer. The card includes prompts for Confession, Honoring, Asking, and Thanking God, as well a relevant scripture. Click here (front) and here (back) to download a digital copy of the card. Hard copies are also available through your Coach or Pastor.
As part of your bible study (either alone or in your group), you may find it helpful to use this COMMA Method Guide, which includes a list of questions to guide your reflection or direct your group discussion. Want more on the COMMA method? Check out everything Bible Savvy for workshop info, podcast links, and additional resources.
Spiritual Practices for Community groups
There are many different ways to pray, meditate on scripture, and spend time in the presence of the Lord, both in our personal lives and with our Community Group. We have put together a set of spiritual practices, from simple to more complex, that you can use yourself or with your group. Click here for our printable Spiritual Practices for Community Groups.
Want to learn more about your leadership, or about the leadership styles in your Community Group? Try this leadership style quiz, and check out the ways you can increase your leadership effectiveness.
Each fall, we engage in an all-church study, during which every Community Group follows the same sermon-based study. Check back for details on the next one, coming this fall!
In this season, it has become more important than ever to care for our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. The Discipleship Team has put together a great resource to help you ask the question "How is my soul?" It also includes some great practices and rhythms to help move you towards better overall health. This resource is great for you to use and can also be used in your Community Group for care and check-ins with your group members. Click here and here to download the digital version of this card.
Twice a year, we host live leader training to equip and support your leadership. Learn more and register here.
What are the expectations of a Community Group Leader? Learn more here.
We have created a brief checklist to help you lead your group meeting. Click here or ask your coach for a hard copy (also available at the Community Groups counter at the St. Charles campus), which includes the 3 Gs of providing care in your group.
Groups who develop a written covenant are better able to stay on course, clearly explain the purpose of their group to newcomers and to hold members accountable for healthy group behavior. Click here for a sample group covenant, and ask your Coach if you have any questions on creating or upholding your group covenant.
Our recommended studies library has moved to RightNow Media! If you already have a free account set up, visit the Christ Community Church library on RightNow Media to access all of our recommended studies. Visit our Recommended Studies page to view helpful videos and articles for using RightNow Media for yourself and your group. Don't have an account yet? Email to request one.
We have created a library of required and optional training courses online for your training and reference. It includes group basics like the mission and vision of Community Groups, how to facilitate a group meeting, and how to start your first four meetings well. It also includes optional courses on topics such as Apprentice Leadership, conflict, and multiplication. Click here to visit our online training platform.
We place a high value on the spiritual health of Community Group Leaders. Click here to learn about retreats, trainings, books, and other resources to help strengthen your own spiritual health.