New Small Group Leader Process
We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me. Colossians 1:28-29
Thanks for your interest in
being a leader at Westwood. We know it is an exciting, yet challenging
step if you have not led groups before. Shepherding God's people is an
awesome responsibility, therefore the church has a process for placing
leaders and as part of the process, leaders covenant with the church to
certain spiritual maturity and lifestyle choices that are above those
expected of members. Additionally, the church has a process to invest in you as a leader, to grow your Biblical knowledge and grow you as a disciple maker. We will also walk through this process with you as you begin to lead your group and will continue walking with you as you lead. You will also be assigned a mentor/coach to walk with you along the way.
Below is a form that is a simple, practical guide to help you think through how you will go about starting the group.
Here are some other items to become familiar with prior to the meeting with Rick or the church leader.
If you have prayerfully considered leading a group and are confident this is God's will for your life at this time, you can go ahead and complete the Leader's form below or wait until the meeting with church leadership.
One essential element in leading a small group is that your own spiritual growth and maturity must continue to thrive. To intentionally grow you in your Biblical knowledge and understanding, we have an initial study cirriculum that will be assigned to you once you start and your assigned coach/mentor will work with you as you walk through this material.
One option with this cirriculum is to teach it to your new group as you walk thru it. For example, you watch/listen to the Secret Church material then YOU reteach it to your group. Be sure to emphasize particular areas or passages that spoke to you and expand where you feel led. Do not have your group watch the videos with you. These are a great starting lessons to establish a strong Biblical foundation for all the members of the group.