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Grove Groups Require Biblical leadership


Biblical leadership is the task of leading God’s people into mutual ministry with one another for
the purpose of building up the body of Christ and reaching out to the world (Eph. 4:11-13; Matt.
28:18-20). In order to accomplish this task, leaders need to:
• Establish a growing and maturing relationship with the Lord (John 15:5)
• Sense a calling or passion from the Lord to lead people (Ex. 3:1-10; John 21:15-17)
• Have a vision for building up future leaders (2 Tim. 2:2)
The most challenging model of leadership in the Bible is the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said “follow
me” (Matt. 4:18), expecting men and women to abandon self-centered lifestyles and follow Him.
In return, He gave meaning and purpose to their lives. He nurtured, trained, and equipped them
for a mission that was far bigger than anything they could have imagined. What caused people to
follow after Christ? Two things: His vision and His example.

Jesus had a compelling vision. He was looking for men and women who were willing to
become His disciples and go into the world on His behalf (Matt. 28: 18-20; Acts 1:8) In Matthew
9:36-38, we find Jesus casting a vision for His disciples. “When he saw the crowds, he had
compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
Leaders are shepherds who have a vision and a plan to appropriately care for and lead people.

Jesus embodied His vision. He embodied His vision by becoming an example. The Scriptures
provide us with the most vivid example of all when “he got up from the meal, took off his outer
clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and
began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him” (John
13:4-5). This was the explicit role of a servant of a household. Why? To show us that leaders lead
by example. Leaders serve those they are leading; no task is “beneath” a leader.

Summary of a biblical leader of a Grove Group


• Lead through serving your people well
• Multiply your ministry into the life of another
• Finish the race with integrity

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Qualifications of Grove Group Leaders
Leaders are servants who communicate God’s truth and lead their groups in prayer, ministry, and
spiritual growth. As a leader, you model the Christian life to others. In order to mature as a
competent Spirit-filled leader, check yourself against the following biblical characteristics. Use
these qualifications as a guide for your spiritual development and devote yourself to prayer,
reading of Scripture, fellowship, the filling of the Spirit, and servanthood so that you might
develop as a leader.

God places each of us in leadership roles within and for His kingdom work. God’s call to serve is
always unique for each person. Read The Five Steps of Calling below and reflect on how God
called you.

The Five Steps of a Calling


God’s Call is Personal
God’s calling is personal. But if we are to respond to Him appropriately, we must realize that
there is an order to it.
• God calls us to a person, Jesus Christ.
• God’s calling is to Him … not to an office or position.
• God’s calling is for Him …not to your specific idea of personal success. God has told us
that He has His own ideas on how our lives should be spent, “I know the plans I have for
you… plans to prosper you and give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Paul put it this way: “So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in
Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing
with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:6-7).

God’s Call is Purposeful


We are called to serve God’s purpose. A look at Paul’s second letter to Timothy sheds light on
this: “Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony of your Lord … who has saved us and
called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and
grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began … “ (2 Timothy 1:8-9).

God’s purpose is all about people. He cared about people before time began and He loved
people so much He sent Jesus to abolish death and bring life and immortality. God’s heart beats
for people. If our purpose is not about people, how can we say it’s God’s purpose?

Are you gripped by your holy calling? You have it by His grace and that grace is sufficient to hold
you wherever He leads you.

God’s Call is Passionate


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What are you passionate about? If money wasn’t an issue what would you do? Chances are your
passions lie in the same direction as God’s calling for your life.

In Psalm 37:4 David sums up the passion issue: “delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the
desires of your heart.” In the end, if God has called you to it and you do it, He will give you a passion for
it. Remember—God’s calling is not only sent to you personally, but it is also for a personal task. He has a
unique job set aside for you—and only you—to complete. You are not just called to a task: you’re called to
a God-given task. Now that’s something to be passionate about.

God’s Call places us on a Path


It’s a well-known fact that water follows the path of least resistance. Unless it has a significant
force behind it, water will never flow over a boulder or knock down a tree to keep going.
God’s path will very often take you over some tough obstacles. Sometimes it involves knocking
down some impediment to your journey, like a past stronghold in your life. God’s path is the path
of a pioneer, and while it has its share of fun times, it also has its share of hardships.
God’s path for our lives will often veer into territory where we’d rather not be. Twist and turns
where we may encounter failure and distraction. But in God’s calling and with God’s power, we
will prevail. God will use every step of our path—both the good and the bad—to prepare and
equip us for His calling.

God’s Call places us in a Position


All of us have different roles and different positions as we go throughout life. When it comes to
leadership, we assume too often that it’s all about an elevated position and the clout that
accompanies that position. But God sees us as leaders no matter where we are. He’s equipped
and called us to leadership, and so we must lead always, whether we do it from the back, the
middle, or the front of the pack.

The bottom line: if we are not faithful in the assignments He’s called us to—regardless of their
perceived significance—then what reason are we giving God to trust us with other assignments in
the future? Treat every role you are in as important, because to God, it is.

Henry Blackaby
“Our Bible is full of truth from God. It speaks about the nature of God, His
purposes and
His ways. It also has much to say about our lives and what our relationship with
God
should look like.

An enormous truth that we find in 2 Corinthians 5:20 is that "we are to be


ambassadors for Christ as though God were pleading through us...."

Our relationship is to be so close, so intimate, that God Himself has full access
through us to redeem those who are without hope. We, who are now a new
creation and having been reconciled to God through Christ, have been given the
ministry of reconciliation.”

http://www.blackaby.org/SLI/assetts/Ambassadors_for_Christ.pdf

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Check yourself against biblical characteristics
Read each characteristic including the scripture passages and on a scale from 1-9
indicate where you feel you are at this time in your life. (You will not be required
to reveal your answers. This is your check up)
Christ Follower
Our goal as believers is to become complete in Christ (Col.1:28). Though a leader is not
expected to be perfect, one is to be mature as described in Ephesians 4:13, which says, “…until
we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature,
attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Here are some areas in which to grow in
maturity:
• Turn from sin in your life (1 John 1:9; Rom. 6:6)
• Spend time in God’s Word and in prayer (Col. 3:16; 1 Peter 2:2)
• Be filled with the Spirit – let the Spirit control you (Rom. 7:6; Eph. 5:18)
• Use your gifts in ministry (Rom. 12:3-8; 1Peter 4:10:-11)
• Learn to persevere in adversity (Rom 5:3-5; Phil. 1:29; 1 Peter 4:12-14)

I am a Follower of Christ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
The scale ranges from 1 (least) and 9 (most)
Character
Depth of character is a matter of becoming more like Christ and less like the world. It also refers
to the spiritual qualities or characteristics listed below:
• Being transformed into the image of Christ instead of conformed to the world (Rom. 8:28-
30; 12:1-2; Phil. 1:9-10)
• Developing a character worthy of leadership (1 Thess. 1:3; 1Tim. 1:5; 3:1-15; 6:11; Titus
1:5-9)

I am becoming more like Christ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


The scale ranges from 1 (least) and 9 (most)

Calling
Leaders have a heart for being caregivers. They see others with compassion, as Christ saw
them in Matthew 9:36-38. Deep in their hearts, leaders are convicted about the need to do
ministry and use their gifts to shepherd others (Phil. 1:8; 1 Thess. 2:7-8; 1 Peter 5:1-4).

God’s calling 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
The scale ranges from 1 (least) and 9 (most)

Competence
Leaders set direction, keeping the group focused and guided toward its purpose. Leaders also
take the time to develop the skills they need to effectively facilitate a group. (Matt. 4:19; 9:36-38;
Acts 6:1-7).

The bottom line—Able to Lead and Guide a Group

Competence as a Leader 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
The scale ranges from 1 (least) and 9 (most)
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Compatibility
Leaders lead well because it is part of the way the Holy Spirit has designed them. Their design is
compatible with the ministry to which they are called and with people with whom they must work.
Teamwork in leadership is essential. Using their spiritual gifts to lead alongside others is the
kingdom design for ministry (Acts 6:2; Rom. 12:8; Heb. 13:7, 17).

Compatibility as a Leader 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
The scale ranges from 1 (least) and 9 (most)

Commitment
Leaders are committed to the vision of the ministry, to Christ, to their calling and to helping
develop the members of their groups. They realize that leadership requires commitment, not
convenience. Leaders are committed to seeing people grow in Christ and to reaching new people
for Christ as they are able (Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 16:3-4; 2 Tim.2:2).

The bottom line—Doing Whatever it Takes

Commitment as a Leader 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
The scale ranges from 1 (least) and 9 (most)

Capacity
Leadership is serving others and doing whatever it takes to accomplish the ministry. This means
having time, energy, and resources at your disposal. Leaders must free themselves from
unnecessary commitments and distractions so that they have the capacity (spiritual, emotional,
and physical resources) to do what God has called them to do (1 Tim. 3:4-5, 12).

Capacity to Serve 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
The scale ranges from 1 (least) and 9 (most)

Appropriate Motives for Leadership


• Glorify the Lord
• Bear fruit in your life
• Keep watch (Shepherd) others
• Be an example
• Use your gifts to serve one another
• Give God’s message of reconciliation

“The spiritual leader will choose the hidden pathway of sacrificial service and the approval
of His Lord rather than the flamboyant assignment and the ambulation of the unspirited
crowd.”
J. Oswald Sanders

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The Grove Church Strategy for Connecting People
to God, to others, and to service is implemented through
Grove Groups.

G.R.O.V.E.
ACROSTIC
GROW in Christ
RELATE TO God and others
OUTFIT for ministry
VOLUNTEER for service
ENLIST others

Grove Group Definition: A Grove Group is a small group of people unwilling to settle
for anything less than redemptive community; meeting together as a group to study God’s
Word and experience life together. Grove Group ministry is essential to the health of the
church.

George Gallup found that 70 percent of Americans say that the church is not
meeting their needs. When asked what these needs were, there were six common
responses:

1. To believe life is meaningful and has purpose


2. To have a sense of community and deeper relationships
3. To be appreciated and respected
4. To be listened to and heard
5. To grow in faith
6. To receive practical help in developing a mature faith

These needs can be met in a variety of settings but most effectively in a small Grove Group.

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Group Organization
Organization
A small group is an organism that must be free to flow and grow and multiply. There must be
some organization that supports the organism. If there isn’t, the organism might run rampant,
grow without boundaries, and choke itself to death. It is the responsibility of the Grove Group
Leader to organize and to create an environment in each small group where the organism can
flourish.
Key Areas of Organization
It is impossible to put together the right leadership team until you know what you’re putting the
team together to do. There are six primary areas that need to be organized:
Grove Group Meeting Time
You’ll need people who are willing to lead Bible study, prepare food (all great Grove Groups eat
great food), oversee childcare, lead prayer times, prepare and open their homes for group
meetings, and in some group formats, lead the group in worship.
Development of Individual Group Members
As the leader, a key focus for you will be assessing and planning for the development of each
person in the group. This includes all dimensions of development, but especially spiritual and
emotional.
Care giving
While it isn’t necessary to have a person specifically designated to give care to the group
members, it is important that no need go unmet. A small-group leader must continually be
aware of the group member’s needs. As needs arise, the leader must mobilize the time, talents,
spiritual gifts, and resources within the group to meet those needs.
Evangelism
Evangelism must be one of the group’s primary goals. Some groups do this in less aggressive
ways than others, but you should be on a mission to help people find Jesus through the group.
You’ll need people willing to organize this aspect of the group’s life together.
Reproduction
Every small group should have as one of its objectives to produce a new group eventually. It’s
for this reason that wise leaders recruit an apprentice before the group has its first meeting.
This apprentice will grow to be the new group’s leader. Preparing and training future leaders is
one of the duties of a small group.
Outreach Groups
Groups that do mission work together have a much closer bond than groups that do not. Some
groups find a widow or widower and take care of his or her lawn. Others spend a day working
with the homeless or serving local social ministry organizations. Some groups actually go out of
the country to do mission work together. If your small group chooses to do outreach together,
you’ll need someone to coordinate these efforts.

Key Group Leadership Secrets (from Andy Stanley’s book, The Next Generation,
Leader: Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future)
1. The less you do, The more you Accomplish.
2. The less you do, The more you enable others to Accomplish.
The Grove Group leaders must know the group roles that need to be filled and fill those roles
with the right people. These people become the leadership team for the group. Group leaders
who give away responsibilities empower people in your group.

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Grove Group Core Values
Community: God is relational, so He created us to live in relationship with Him and each other.
Authentic community involves sharing life together and connecting on many levels with the
people in our group.

Group Process: Developing authentic community requires a step-by-step process. It’s a


journey of sharing our stories with each other and learning together.

Stages of Development: Every healthy group goes through various stages as it matures
over a period of months or years. We begin with the birth of a new group, deepen our
relationships in the growth and development stages, and ultimately multiply to form other new
groups.

Interactive Bible Study: God provided the Bible as an instruction manual of life. We need to
deepen our understanding of God’s Word. People learn and remember more as they wrestle with
truth and learn from others. The process of Bible discovery and group interaction will enhance our
growth.

Experiential Growth: The goal of studying the Bible together is not merely a quest for
knowledge, but should result in real life change. Beyond merely reading, studying, and dissecting
the Bible, being a disciple of Christ involves reunifying knowledge with experience. We do this by
bringing our questions to God, opening a dialogue with our hearts (instead of killing our desires) ,
and utilizing other ways to listen to God speak to us (group interaction, nature, art, movies,
circumstances, etc.). Experiential growth is always grounded in the Bible as God’s primary means
of revelation and our ultimate truth source.

The Power of God: Our processes and strategies will be ineffective unless we invite and
embrace the presence and power of God. In order to experience community and growth, Jesus
needs to be the centerpiece of our group experiences and the Holy Spirit must be at work.

Redemptive Community: Healing best happens within the context of community and in
relationship. Key aspects of our spiritual development include seeing ourselves through the eyes
of others, sharing our stories, and ultimately being set free from the secrets and the lies we
embrace that enslave our souls.

Mission: God has invited us into a larger story with a great mission. It is a mission that involves
setting captives free and healing the broken hearted (Isaiah 61:1-2). However, we can only join in
this mission to the degree that we’ve let Jesus bind up our wounds and set us free. As a group
experiences true redemptive community, others will be attracted to that group, and through that
group to Jesus. We should be alert to inviting others while we maintain (and continue to fill) an
“empty chair” in our meetings to remind us of others who need to encounter God and authentic
Christian Community.

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Group Leader’s Job Description
Grove Group Mission Statement
Grove Groups are to connect people relationally to God and others in groups for the purpose of
sharing Jesus Christ with people and to grow in Christlikeness in service to God.

Leader Prerequisites
Before a person can consider becoming a leader, some prior conditions must be met. An
application for small group leadership must be submitted to the leader of the Grove Groups.
Those who want to lead a group must be in complete agreement with the following statements:
• I confess that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord.
• I regard the Bible as the authoritative guide to my faith and life.
• I am a participating member of the Grove Church (or am actively pursuing
membership).
• I agree to come into the small groups leadership structure and fulfill the
requirements of a leader.

LEADER:
Spiritual Gifts: Pastor/Shepherd, Leadership, Administration, Wisdom
Abilities: See and cast vision; humbly recruit and manage a team; lead strategic
planning; shepherd people; model servant leadership; evaluate group objectives;
and redirect the group as necessary to accomplish those objectives
Passion: Group members living as a redemptive community
Roles and Responsibilities of Grove Group Leader:
1. Build a leadership team.
2. Ensure the coordination of the group.
3. Meet with the leadership team once a month for planning and encouragement.
4. Call on the group as necessary to make certain no need goes unmet.
5. Recruit and prepare an apprentice to start a new group with some people from the initial
group.
6. Be certain the group maintains an empty chair and works to fill it with someone in need of
a relationship with Jesus.
7. Cast a vision for multiplication and begin the process.

APPRENTICE:
Spiritual Gifts: Pastor/Shepherd, Leadership, Administration
Abilities: Lead people in conversational Bible study; study and know what the Bible is
saying; involve others in conversation; keep group members on task when
involved in Bible study: ask questions that lead to heart and live transformation
Passion: Group members living as a redemptive community
Roles and Responsibilities of Grove Group Apprentice:
1. Prepare for future small-group leadership under the leader’s mentoring.
2. Fill in for and support the group leader.

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FACILITATOR:
Spiritual Gifts: Teaching, Wisdom, Exhortation, Pastor/Shepherd
Abilities: Lead people in conversational Bible study; study and know what the Bible is
saying; involve others in conversation; keep group members on task when
involved in Bible study; ask questions that lead to heart and life transformation
Passion: Group members discovering and living the truth
Roles and Responsibilities of Grove Group Facilitator:
1. Guide the group in transformational Bible study.
2. Develop a team responsible for creating subgroups of three to six members each.
3. Keep the group on task but be sensitive when someone needs to share.
4. Subdivide the group, if necessary, for Bible study and deeper times of connection.
5. Emphasize the importance of filling the “empty chair.”

CHILD CARE COORDINATOR:


Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Helps, Encouragement
Abilities: Plan for the training of children; organize a systematic approach for childcare;
recruit people to care for children
Passion: The care and nurture of children.
Roles and Responsibilities of Grove Group Child Care Coordinator:
1. Recruit someone to care for younger children.
2. Plan any special activities or training for children.
3. Select any necessary children’s material.

HOST/HOSTESS:
Spiritual Gifts: Hospitality
Abilities: Create a welcoming environment; help new attendees feel comfortable
Passion: Creating environments that reflect God’s love

Roles and Responsibilities of Grove Group Host/Hostess:


1. Provide a clean home with enough space to subdivide into groups of three to six.
2. Coordinate refreshments.
3. Welcome guests and provide name tags at each meeting.
4. Ensure an environment conducive for sharing (e.g. no television, comfortable
temperature, arrangements for children, pets, and room set-up)

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A Typical Grove Group

*Open Chair: The picture of the open chair represents the desire in the
church to assimilate and include new people into the group structure. From time
to time, groups invite and assimilate new members so that those who need and
desire discipline and care can be incorporated into group life.
Brackets: Titles in brackets indicate possible members of a Grove Group and
not a leadership position.

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Group Meeting
Group meetings will include a three-part agenda
Small groups are a vital part of how we do ministry at the Grove Church just as they are in many
churches around the world. There are a number of different theories on how small groups should
work, and they are all great in different ways. The Grove Church is a simple church in complex
world, so we like to keep it simple. So take a minute to read the following explanation, then feel
free to adapt as necessary.

Each of our small groups practices a three-part agenda in every meeting. That agenda includes a
social time, a discussion time, and a prayer time. Each of the these elements share equal
importance, but not necessarily equal time. We have included an explanation of each of the parts
below.

15 -20 Minutes
The first element of every Grove Group meeting should be a time of
socializing. This phase of the meeting should be about 30% of your time together. Welcome
everyone as they arrive at the host home; make guests feel welcome by introducing yourself and
showing genuine interest in them. Enjoy soe snakes, or if your group prefers, a meal together.
Then move on to the second part of the meeting—the lesson.

25-30 Minutes
The lesson may take as much as 50% of your group’s meeting time. You
may want to start this phase with a short “icebreaker” to get everyone
talking. Most bible studies have thought provoking question and ideas to get a group ”level the
playing field” so everyone can participate in regardless of their level of spiritual maturity or Bible
knowledge. As your group moves through the “Talk It Up” section in each meeting, remember
that you “Lift It Up.”

15-20 Minutes
The “Lift It Up” section is a vital part of every Grove Group meeting and
should take about 20% of your time. You will be able to share with the group what God is doing in
your life as well as asking the group to support your in specific prayers. To help your group focus
on prayer, think of one or two question that will prompt prayer based on the material you just
covered. A prayer card with space to write down prayer requests to help the group remember to
pray for each request thought the week would be helpful.

Some studies will provide homework for group members to


complete some daily others weekly. Others will provide daily
devotionals supporting the bible study for the week. Leaders you need to challenge group
members to take the time each day to do the homework and apply these them to their life.

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Tips in Leading a Group
All-Purpose Tips:
1. Prepare for each meeting by reviewing the material, praying for each group member,
asking the Holy Spirit to join you at each meeting, and making Jesus the centerpiece of
every experience.
2. Create the right environment by making sure chairs are arranged so each person can see
the eyes of every ether attendee. Set the room temperature at 69 degrees. Make sure pets
are in a location where they cannot interrupt the meeting. Request that cell phones are
turned off unless someone is expecting an emergency call. Have music playing as people
arrive (volume low enough for people to converse) and, if possible burn, a sweet-smelling
candle.
3. Try to have soft drinks and coffee available for early arrivals.
4. Have someone with the spiritual gift of hospitality ready to make any new attendees feel
welcome.
5. Be sure there is adequate lighting so that everyone can read without straining.
6. There are four types of questions during each bible study:
Observation (What is the passage telling us?)
Interpretation (What does the passage mean?)
Self-revelation (How am I doing in light of the truth discovered?)
Application (Now that I know what I know, what will I do to integrate this truth into life?)
7. Connect with group members away from group time. The amount of participation you have
during your group meetings is directly related to the amount of time you connect with your
group members away from the meeting time.
8. Don’t get impatient about the depth of relationship group members are experiencing.
Building real Christian Community takes time.
9. Be sure pens and/or pencils are available for attendees at each meeting.
10. Never ask someone to pray or read without first getting their permission.

Tips for Every Meeting:


1. Before the Start It Up, do not say, “Now we’re going to Start It Up.” The meeting should
feel like a conversation from beginning to end, not a classroom experience.

2. Be certain every member responds to the Start Up activity. The goal is for every person to
hear his or her own voice early in the meeting. People will then feel comfortable to
converse later on. If members can’t think of a response, let them know you’ll come back to
them after the others have spoke.

3. Remember, a great group leader talks less than 10% of the time. If you ask a question and
no one answers, just wait. If you create an environment where you fill the gaps of silence,
the group will quickly learn they needn’t join you in the conversation.

4. Don’t be hesitant to call people by name as you ask them to respond to questions or to
give their opinions. Be sensitive, but engage everyone in the conversation.

5. Don’t ask people to read aloud unless you have gotten their permission prior to the
meeting. Feel free to ask for volunteers to read.

Sample Group Ground Rules


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We all agree to follow the ground rules:

Priority: We will give the group meetings priority as long as we are in this group.
Participation: Everyone is encouraged to participate and no one dominates.
Respect: Everyone is given the right to his or her own opinions, and all questions are
encouraged and respected.

Confidentiality: Anything that is said in our meetings is never repeated outside the meeting
without permission.

Life Change: We will regularly assess our progress toward becoming an authentic community.
Care and Support: Permission is given to call upon each other at any time—especially in
times of crisis. The group will provide care for every member.

Accountability: We agree to let the members of our group lovingly hold us accountable to
commitments we make. Unsolicited advice giving, however, is not permitted.

Empty Chair: Our group will work together to fill the empty chair with an unchurched person or
couple.

Mission: We agree as a group to reach out and invite others to join us and work toward
multiplication of our group.

Ministry: We will encourage one another to volunteer and serve in a ministry. We will support
missions work by giving financially and /or personally serving.

I agree to all the rules above:

Signature: __________________________________________________ Date: _____________

Sample Covenant
1. The purpose of our group will be: ______________________________________________
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_________________________________________________________________________

2. Our goals will be: ___________________________________________________________


_________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________

3. We will meet on _____________________ (day of the week)


4. We will meet for _________________ weeks, after which we will decides if we wish to
continue as a group.

5. We will meet from __________ to __________ and we will strive to begin and end on time.
6. We will meet at _____________________________ (place) or rotate from house to house.
7. We will agree to the following around rules for our group: (from previous page)

We all agree to follow the ground rules:


Priority: We will give the group meetings priority as long as we are in this group.
Participation: Everyone is encouraged to participate and no one dominates.
Respect: Everyone is given the right to his or her own opinions, and all questions are encouraged and respected.

Confidentiality: Anything that is said in our meetings is never repeated outside the meeting without permission.

Life Change: We will regularly assess our progress toward becoming an authentic community.
Care and Support: Permission is given to call upon each other at any time—especially in times of crisis. The
group will provide care for every member.

Accountability: We agree to let the members of our group lovingly hold us accountable to commitments we
make. Unsolicited advice giving, however, is not permitted.

Empty Chair: Our group will work together to fill the empty chair with an unchurched person or couple.

Mission: We agree as a group to reach out and invite others to join us and work toward multiplication of our group.

Ministry: We will encourage one another to volunteer and serve in a ministry. We will support missions work by giving
financially and /or personally serving.

I agree to all the rules above:

Signature: __________________________________________________ Date: _____________

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