It’s Time To Plan
It’s the end of May, and for most churches that means that activity for groups are slowing down. I want to emphasize that they are not stopping, but just shifting gears for the busy summer months. This is a great opportunity for groups pastors/directors to spend some time working on the ministry, not just in it. We need these opportunities to shift, realign and refresh our systems.
Here is a list of 5 ideas and questions that you could start thinking about to prepare for the next season:
1. Lock in the theme for the fall alignment series
Start meeting with the Teaching Pastor now to see where God is leading him to take the church.
What can we creatively do with groups around that theme?
2. Refresh your leader’s training for new leaders in the fall semester
It may be time to revisit how you train your new leaders.
Has the culture shifted since you last built your training?
Are there more effective ways to deliver the information?
3. Build your curriculum choices for groups after the fall alignment series
Start thinking now about the next step for groups after the fall alignment series.
Where do you want groups to grow spiritually?
What is a natural transition from your alignment theme?
4. Ask current group leaders to identify 1-2 possible new leaders from their groups for the fall
Now is the time to start identifying the new leaders for the fall. Your best recruitment will come from existing leaders tapping people on the shoulder.
Who are your best leaders at raising up new leaders?
5. Identify and start recruiting new coaches
If you are planning on growing your groups (and I hope that you are), you are going to need coaches to help care for all of the newly recruited leaders. Now is the time to start having those coffees. Recruiting coaches takes time and patience.
Which current leaders are great at loving their group members?
Are there any former leaders who not currently leading a group but would be great at caring for other leaders?