Launching new groups can be a challenging experience, and ensuring that your group leaders are prepared and motivated can make all the difference in how successful your groups are. Group leaders have a huge responsibility – they are the ones who set the tone for the group and help create a welcoming and safe environment for members to connect with each other.
In this blog post, we’ll explore four different ways you can prepare your group leaders for success when launching new groups in August.
1. Have an onsite training event
Organizing an onsite training event for your group leaders can be a great way to get everyone on the same page before launching new groups. You can bring in veteran group leaders or pastors who are experienced in leading groups, provide practical tips and strategies for leading groups effectively, and create an opportunity for your leaders to connect with each other and share their own experiences. This can be a great way to build community and set the stage for a successful group launch.
2. Record a training video and make it available online
If you can’t organize an onsite training event, consider recording a training video and making it available online. This can be especially helpful for group leaders who may not be able to take the time off work or who live in a different location. Be sure to cover everything you would cover in an onsite training event in a clear and concise manner. You may also want to add in links to additional resources or provide examples of successful groups to help motivate your leaders.
3. Provide handout resources to go along with training
Handout resources can be a great tool to help your group leaders retain the information from the training events and videos. You may want to include everything from practical tips for leading a group, to suggested icebreakers or conversation starters to help members connect with each other. Be sure to also include important church policies and procedures to help set expectations and ensure everyone is on the same page.
4. Prepare a care package for leaders
Lastly, a small gesture of appreciation can go a long way in motivating your group leaders. Consider preparing a care package for your leaders as a way to say thank you and show them your appreciation. The care package may include a pen, mints, nametags, prayer cards, icebreakers – any small things that may come in handy when leading a group. This can be a great way to help your leaders feel supported and valued. You can place these in a gift bag or cheap basket.
Launching new groups at churches in August can be a daunting task, but with the right preparation and support, your group leaders can be successful in bringing people together and building a community around faith. Whether it’s through onsite training events, training videos, handout resources, or care packages, there are many different ways you can help equip and motivate your group leaders to make an impact in the lives of others. Take the time to invest in your group leaders, and you’ll see the benefits in the connectedness and growth of your church community.
Randy Elster, Operations Director & Small Group Leader