Lead a group
Community Groups are where our congregants are most helped to grow as disciples of Jesus, and we are always seeking new leaders and hosts. While new groups can be launched at any time, most new groups launch in the fall as Beta Groups. Beta Groups require only a seven-week commitment from leaders and group members.
Requirements and training
Community Group (CG) and Beta Group leaders should be regular Redeemer West Side attenders who have prior experience in a CG and exhibit a passion for God, a compassion for people and a teachable spirit. While prior experience in leading a small group is helpful, it is not a prerequisite.
To lead a Beta Group, you at least need to be a regular Redeemer West Side attender. All leaders who would like to continue leading beyond the seven-week commitment as a regular Community Group leader will need to pursue church membership.
All leaders will need to attend New Leader Basics Training, a vision and skills training program. If you have taken the course in the past, you will not need to take it again.
Co-leaders and hosts
We highly recommend having a co-leader because it can be helpful to share leadership responsibilities. Consider asking friends or members of your current Community Group to co-lead with you.
The average Beta Group and Community Group has 8 to 10 members, but this will vary widely depending on space and location. If your location is small, that's okay! Some people will prefer smaller groups, and others will prefer larger groups. Asking a friend to host is also common practice.
Regular Beta Groups and Community Groups will use weekly study guides corresponding with the Sunday sermon passages. These guides will be available for download prior to the Sunday that the sermon will be preached.
A Community Group director or intern will be assigned to you as your support staff to provide pastoral care, pray for you and your group, and serve as a resource.
Beyond seven weeks
Beta Groups will be given the option to transition into regular Community Groups at the end of their seven weeks together. If you have a group that has enjoyed meeting together and would like to continue doing so, you can choose to stay with the group or help identify a new leader from within the group to take over.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you are interested in leading or hosting.