Leading a Small Group
Leading a small group isn’t about being perfect; it’s about serving others by giving them a place to connect, grow and serve. Hosting a group is simple—choose a topic that interests you and select a time and location to meet with others to share it. We help you every step of the way beginning with initial training then with ongoing coaching and support.
We ask everyone preparing to leading a small group to watch the short videos below and read through some of the useful information telling you more about about the culture of our church. When you've finished watching the training videos and decide you'd like to be considered for leading a small group in Home Church go ahead and complete the form at the bottom of the page which tells us that you'd like to take the next step and get some help walking this exciting journey over the coming months.
Relationship define us
Relationships define us, grow us, challenge us, strengthen us, and bless us! We believe small groups provide a place for people to connect relationally in a smaller context than our Sunday services when everyone comes together. We encourage everyone at HOME Church to commit to regularly participating in a small group
God explains it is not good to be alone....
Gen. 2:18 "The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’"
Friends doing life together
At their core our small groups are all about friends doing life together. They are about spending time with like minded people often those who are in the same season of life you’re in. Our small groups achieve many things but first and foremost they are to help us facilitate authentic friendships.
It is in Acts 2:42 that we come across the greek word 'Koinonia' (koy-nohn-ee'-ah.) This Greek word that occurs 20 times in the Bible. Koinonia’s primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common, communion.”
Friendship is a key aspect of the Christian life. Believers in Christ are to come together in love, faith, and encouragement. That is the essence of koinonia.
When we find Jesus we become part of a family - we are no longer strangers.
Ephesians 2:19 "...you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household"
Connecting, Growing, Serving
Experience has taught us that groups flourish when they have three important elements working well; when friends are connecting, friends are growing and serving together. This is why every small group in our church includes each of these ingredients. Everyone is different and we often want different things from small groups. With this in mind, the emphasis of each group changes depending on the purpose of the small group. However, no matter what purpose the small group has you’ll always find all three elements working together.
1 - An emphasis on CONNECTING
It is easy to feel alone in a crowd but groups become an open door into the life of our church family. When you are part of a smaller group you experience the love and strength of biblical community. Groups with this emphasis look like friends playing sports together or gathering around a common interest/hobby. They also seek opportunities to serve together whilst also grow together in life and faith.
2 - An emphasis on GROWING
Groups are a place you can be equipped to become more like Jesus and to live a faith-filled life. These groups are a place where leaders are developed and people learn more about their faith. In these groups you’ll find people reading a great books together, discussing Sundays message or following a curriculum. These groups are also built around friendships and seek opportunities to serve together.
3 - An emphasis on SERVING
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of achieving something great and being part of a team. If this is what you’re looking for then these groups are for you! Every team in the life of our church is part of our small group ministry. So whether you’re singing in the worship team, welcoming people at the doors or leading our amazing Kids Church, you’ll be doing it in one of our small groups. Put simply, small groups are teams and teams are small groups - they’re the same thing!
A Healthy Culture
At Home Church we have a healthy culture that is lived out through our 5 Core Values. It is essential to us that every group leader is on-board with our culture and values. In other words, every group in our church should feel like it is part of the same church family.
Our Core Values
Everyone is welcome at Home Church where you'll find people from all walks of life. When you feel part of a family, it makes sense that you'll want to get involved, contribute and play your part. We don't stress membership but do encourage everyone to get involved in our five core values.
We call them the 5 G's;
"We are a soul winning church"
Commit to telling people about Jesus, bringing friends and family with you to church to experience the life-changing message of Jesus Christ for themselves.
"And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”
"We are a relational church"
Commit to being relationally connected especially participating in a small group if the life of church. We believe it's the best way to build friendships and grow in our relationship with Christ.
"They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts."
"We are a servant-hearted church"
Commit to serving others with your gifts and talents. We believe God has equipped each of us with unique gifts and skill sets. We encourage you to use your talents to serve God's vision through the local church.
"God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."
"We are a generous church"
Commit to financially supporting the vision of Home Church through tithes and offerings. We count it a privilege to give back to God from that which He has blessed us with.
"The world of the generous gets larger and larger;
the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped."
"We are a thriving church"
Commit to moving forward in life. We don't want to simply survive, but thrive in our faith, relationships, health, career and more. We are devoted and passionate learners.
"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship,"
When & Where Do Groups Meet?
Groups meet wherever most suits the group emphasis. Many meet in homes, coffee shops or on a sports field. Of course if your small group is one of the many teams serving across our Sunday services then that where you’ll be!
When we meet
Small groups follow a rhythm each year that best suits the ebb and flow of our church calendar. When a new term begins everyone has opportunity to join a new group with registrations opening two weeks prior to the first month and remain open for the duration of the term. At the end of each term the groups take a one month break with the exception of SERVE groups due to the nature of their focus. Every group meets either weekly or fortnightly and meet any day of the week at a time that works best for those in the group!
Jan - Feb - Mar - (Break)
Jan - Feb - Mar - April (Serve Only)
May - Jun - Jul - (Break)
May - Jun - Jul - Aug (Serve Only)
Sep - Oct - Nov - (Break)
Sep - Oct - Nov - Dec (Serve Only)
A Great Group Is….
Where thought and preparation precedes the meeting.
Where people feel welcome, included and at home.
Where great communication takes place with regular updates and where information shared.
Where you’ll find drinks and food.
Where everyone is encouraged to contribute. In groups where a discussion or study is the focus, approximately 70% of the speaking should be from group members and 30% from the leader.
Where the discussion is positive and helpful.
Where we can share communion together and pray for one another.
Where we are encouraged in our 5 G’s.
Where gossip and negativity isn’t welcome.
Where people support and pray for one another.
Where people are inspired to serve in the life of our church together.
Where people feel safe and secure.
Where people can discover their gifts.
Where people can have fun and grow in their faith.
Where our care and safeguarding guidelines and policies are promoted.
A Great Group Is Not….
Where we take offerings.
Where we try to replicate church services
Where we use unapproved materials.
Where we invite speakers to come share in the group.
Where we get into unhelpful controversial topics.
Where we entertain a critical or divisive spirit.
Where you’ll hear gossip or witness disruptive behaviour.
Where you’ll find people building their own little kingdoms.
A Great Leader
What a privilege to lead a small group in our church! You have been entrusted with a leadership responsibility and we want to help you to do it well. Below you can read some characteristics of great group leaders in HOME Church;
They pray for people that are part of their group.
They coordinate all aspects of their group and communicate to their members regularly.
They are an example to group members in growing towards maturity in their faith.
They encourage others in their relationships with others and Jesus.
They are a person of character and integrity.
They develop an atmosphere of care in the group.
They encourage unity by representing the philosophy of ministry of HOME Church.
They love and support their church leaders at Home Church.
They are open to counsel from their leaders.
They feedback concerns about their group regularly.
They welcome new people into their group anytime during the term (unless specified).
They know how to manage basic group admin tasks via ChurchSuite.
They don’t cancel group meetings without letting members and their leaders know.
They raise up others in their group to help them lead.
They attend Sunday services regularly.
Approved Resource & Curriculum
We have a wide variety of great resource and curriculum available for you to use for your group. If you are leading a ‘grow’ focused group then check out all the list below for inspiration. If you have a resource you would like to use that is not listed below simply speak to you Small Group Coordinator to ask if it is suitable for use in our groups in Home Church.
Whilst not an exhaustive list, here's some ideas.....
CONNECT Focused Suggestions
Cooking & Catch Up - Meeting to learn new cooking skills
Baking With Friends - Meeting to bake together
Crafts & Coffee - Meeting around crafts and coffee
Sports Life - Playing sports with friends / Football, Squash, Golf, Tennis
Fitness With Friends - Working out with friends
City Coffee & Catch Up - Catching up in the city before the day ahead
Song Writing - Meeting to create and write together
Family Groups - Parenting meeting to build friendships, children welcome
Business Builders - Meeting to encourage one another
Men & Coffee - Meeting with other men for coffee and friendship
Mums & Babies - Friends with the little ones
GROW Focused Curriculum
Sunday Message Notes - Discussion over food with friends
Sisterhood Study Groups - Women meeting to grow and encourage one another in their faith
Men’s Study Groups - Men meeting to grow and encourage one another in their faith
Young Adult Study Groups - Young Adults growing and encourage one another in their faith
Growing Kids God's Way by Gary & Anne Marie Ezzo
Personality Plus for Parents by Florence Littauer
The Blessed Life by Robert Morris
Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
From This Day Forward by Craig & Amy Groeshel
The Indestructible Marriage by Jimmy Evans
Personality Plus for Couples by Florence Littauer
The Meaning Of Marriage by Timothy Keller
Everybody Always by Bob Goff
Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
There is More by Brian Houston
Leadership Locker by Andrew Cherrie
The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer
The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian
The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick
Prayer by Timothy Keller
Divine Direction by Craig Groeshel
The God I Never Knew by Robert Morris
Personality Plus by Florence Littauer
The Rest Of God by Mark Buckanan
Kings Cross by Timothy Keller
Live, Love Lead by Brian Houston
Winning With People by John Maxwell
Leadership Locker by Andrew Cherrie
Soar! By TD James
Stay The Path by Bobbie Houston
Leadership Locker by Andrew Cherrie
Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick
Girls with Swords by Lisa Bevere
Greater by Steven Furtick
Jesus Is by Judah Smith
Undaunted-Student Edition by Christine Caine
(Un)Qualified by Steven Furtick
Leadership Locker by Andrew Cherrie