Small group leaders know that they should lead as a team, and an important part of that is learning how to prepare for your group meetings as a team. Here are some simple recommendations for your monthly co-leader meetings.
Choose an upcoming series from the library.
Many group use SermonLink as the default. You can choose from other topics and series in the library as necessary.
Divide responsibilities among the team.
During your co-leader meeting, decide who is going to facilitate each part of each week’s meeting. Assign someone to recap the video. Another team member can lead the discussion questions. Someone else can lead the group in a prayer time.
Other practical assignments might arise apart from leading the conversation. Decide who will take care of logistical issues (like snacks or location), plan a fellowship event, or make a follow-up call. You can use the Group Schedule Planner and Team Meeting Planner (see below) to keep track of these assignments.
Use the planning tools.
The small group playbook reminds your team of your overall mission and vision. It also has a place to consider your team’s current focus. Use the playbook quarterly to refresh your team on the big picture. The Group Schedule Planner helps you plan each week’s meeting, one month at a time, including what assignments you will make to different members of your group each week and for special events. Use the Team Meeting Planner to prepare for meetings with your team. It helps you think about what you want to accomplish in that meeting in four areas: evaluation, planning, assignments, and training.
Take some time to evaluate.
It’s easy to get bogged down in the nuts and bolts of planning each week. But your team needs to keep the big picture in mind. Use the Small Group Feedback Form and the Small Group Reproduction Plan to assess where your group is at so you can keep on track.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What are the advantages of preparing for your group as a team?
- What factors make it hard to prepare as a team?
- Why is it important to do some evaluation every time your team meets?
- Do you think meeting once a month is enough, and why?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
- [How to: Use pursueGOD.org in your life]
- [How to: Download a video]
- [How to: Download an article]
- [Related Topic: How to Use the Small Group Feedback Form]
- [Related Topic: How to Use the Small Group Reproduction Plan]
- [Related Topic: How to Use Your Small Group Playbook]
- [Related Topic: How to Use Your Group Schedule Planner]
- [Related Topic: How to Use Your Team Meeting Planner]