LifeGroups' Mission & Vision
Our Mission: To connect people with Jesus Christ and equip them to live the Adventure of Faith.
We connect and equip. Everything we do in the LifeGroups arena is done with this mission and vision in mind. There are a lot of things we could do, but we are limited in time and resources so our efforts and resources are focused on this one mission- connecting and equipping (aka “making disciples” (Matt. 28:19)).
Connecting people to Jesus Christ- people coming into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ through our groups, people making Jesus Christ the leader of their lives.
Equipping people to live the adventure of faith- people growing in their development of the spiritual disciplines, people sharing their faith with others, people bringing others to a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Why measure “wins”? There are many ways to determine whether a program is successful. For some it is behavioral (are people coming to the group consistently). For some it is curriculum driven (did we “get through” the book/study). For some it is numerical (are more people joining LifeGroups and are more LifeGroups starting).
At Adventure of Faith our sole desire is to see people have their lives changed as a result of encountering Jesus Christ. Many of these “wins” suggested above are difficult to track, they are the most important things to celebrate in our LifeGroups and they are far more important than behaviors, curriculum or numbers.
LifeGroup Leader Position Description
To oversee and care for the spiritual development of a small group as they explore, grow and experience a relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Model spiritual disciplines to a small group (tithing, praying, personal study, service, etc.)
- Prepare for and lead small group study each week.
- Contact your group members monthly through phone calls, emails, texts, notes or some other form of personal contact to check in with them.
- Challenge your group to grow in their faith by encouraging them to develop in their spiritual disciplines.
- Identify potential LifeGroup leaders and mentor a co-leader for your group yearly with the goal of multiplying the group. Train them, build them up, and make sure they are qualified before allowing them to co-lead the group.
- Build a heart for the lost, by praying regularly with your group for their non-believing friends, neighbors, friends, and family members.
- Encourage your LifeGroup to think outside of themselves and serve both Adventure of Faith and those outside the church as well.
- Attend trainings and meetings for the LifeGroup Leadership Team.
- Teach and lead studies in your LifeGroup that reflect the covenant of Adventure of Faith Church. Curriculum must be submitted at least 1-week prior to beginning the study to gain approval.
- Encourage your LifeGroup members in their personal relationships with Jesus Christ, transformed hearts and baptism.
LifeGroup Leader Requirements
CHRIST FOLLOWER - LifeGroup leaders need to be passionate for Jesus Christ.
They share an obvious love for and commit to Jesus Christ.
They invest in their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the various spiritual disciplines (see handout).
They are actively involved in and committed to the Body of Christ.
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Col. 3:17)
CHRISTIAN CHARACTER- LifeGroup leaders must live a life above reproach, love what is good, stay faithful to the Word and pay attention to the heart and character of Christ.
They are faithful in their relationship with God and with others.
They live their lives with integrity (they do what they say they are going to do).
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." (Romans 12:2a)
CALLING - The position requires a person who has a call to shepherd God’s people with compassion and love.
They feel called and place a high level of importance on being involved in the ministry and its opportunities
They consider leadership of their LifeGroup worship and want to bring the Lord their best.
They take seriously their calling and faithfully follow God’s lead in every aspect of leading the group.
"Then he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Matthew 9:36-38)
COMPETENCE - LifeGroup leaders must be able to lead a small to large group. They must have Holy Spirit-endowed gifts and abilities combined with skills acquired through training and life experience.
They are able to plan and lead biblical studies.
They manage groups, peacefully resolve conflicts, and encourage group members throughout the week.
They are able to biblically council group members
"Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word. This proposal pleased the whole group." (Acts 6:3-5a)
COMPATIBILITY - LifeGroup leaders must someone who can work on a team.
They must be able to use their gifts in conjunction with others who are gifted differently.
They attend all applicable staff trainings and meetings.
They desire to learn more about the Word of God and how to effectively pass it on to others.
They live their lives above reproach, willing to stop any activity which would cause another to stumble.
They must be able to follow the lead of others and be willing to submit to leadership both in ministry and personal life.
"Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment... Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.." (Romans 12:3b-5)
COMMITMENT - This ministry is a calling. It isn’t for everyone and can be draining, demanding and difficult but a LifeGroup leader is called by Christ and dependent on His support to carry out their ministry.
They are committed to their group and are prepared each week.
They develop an approved co-leader to lead if they are ill/absent.
They are actively involved in the body of Adventure of Faith church.
"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others." (2 Timothy 2:2)
CAPACITY - Leadership is serving others. This means having time, energy and resources at your disposal (spiritual, emotional and physical resources).
They have adequate time in the leader’s schedule to dedicate to their family.
They have adequate time in the leader’s schedule to dedicate to their group.
They have adequate time in the leader’s schedule to dedicate to their own, personal relationship with Christ.