I get asked certain questions on a regular basis. One of the most frequent is, “What does a job description for a small group director (or pastor) look like?” Today I want to give you the basics, but I want to be sure and qualify it by acknowledging this is by no means complete, and I’m sure some of my grouplife peers would have a different take.
But here are the four things I think ought to be on the job description for a small group director:
Create and oversee a leader development concept that helps “test-drive” hosts become leaders over time. This will include:
- Communication strategies
- On-site, decentralized and web-based leader development opportunities
Recruit and develop a team of coaches sufficient to care for the number of leaders in the organization.
Work with the senior pastor and other staff to develop the church-wide strategies surrounding grouplife. This includes:
- Annual church-wide campaigns
- Connection events
- Mid-size events forming steps that lead to grouplife
Design, implement and manage strategies that make it easy to join a group. This includes:
- Website content and groupfinder capability
- Periodic church-wide emails with easy-to-use click-to-join opportunities
- A lobby presence designed to make it easy to get information
Note: Depending on the size of your church, some of these responsibilities might be delegated to other members of a small group ministry team. Additionally, depending on the experience and expertise of the small group pastor, a strategic outsider can sometimes provide the perfect complement to an energetic but less experienced staff member.
One of my most common roles as a consultant is to provide the strategic elements while coaching a staff member in day-to-day responsibilities. You can find out more about my consulting and coaching programs right here.
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