Thank you for considering to be a growth group facilitator. Below are some links to check out and see if this is something you would like to pursue. Once you review the eligibility requirements you can fill out the form at the bottom of the page.
Facilitate A Growth Group
Our growth group facilitators have seven primary responsibilities:
- They facilitate weekly discussions
- Sunday is lecture based learning, but in our groups we strive for discussion based learning
- The curriculum is the teacher, not the group facilitator
- Therefore, our facilitators aren’t responsible to prepare a lesson each week, rather prepare good questions that will get the group members talking
- They pray for and with their group members
- We ask our group facilitators to pray for the members of their group throughout the week (that Christ like character and conduct would be formed in the lives of the group members).
- We also ask our group facilitators to pray with their groups, which involves two things: 1) each week we want you to ask for prayer requests and close the group in prayer and 2) each week we want you to pray for the salvation of those on the master list (see below)
- They encourage the group members to reach their lost friends and family members for Christ using our “invest and invite” relationship evangelism strategy
- At the growth group facilitator training, each growth group facilitator will be given a handful of “My Circle Cards”
- At the first group meeting everyone will be asked to write down the names of three friends or family members that are far from God. A master list will be compiled and kept by the growth group facilitator, while the actual cards will be kept by the growth group members
- Each week of the semester the group will pray for the people on the master list and the facilitator will encourage group members to be bold in inviting these people to church
- They communicate important church information to the group members
- Throughout the semester you’ll receive an email from our Associate Pastor, which will include (among other things) important church information that you will then pass along to your group
- For example, if we’re having an upcoming water baptism we’ll want you to announce this to your group members; or if we have an upcoming funtivity, we’ll want you to make your group aware; or if we’re starting a new sermon series, we’ll want you to let your group know about it
- This will reinforce the announcements we make on Sunday and through the weekly email
- They facilitate community care as needed
- If someone in the group has a baby or loses a loved one during the semester, the group facilitator should coordinate meals to be brought to the individual who is celebrating/grieving
- If someone in the group is having surgery the facilitator should coordinate a couple of hospital visits
- If someone in the group is moving, the facilitator should coordinate some volunteers to help
- They celebrate communion together one time throughout the semester
- Communion is for the believer, not the unbeliever
- Sunday has lots of unbelievers, while our groups consist primarily of believers
- Therefore, we celebrate communion once a semester within our growth groups
- They facilitate an end of semester party night
- When people take steps to grow spiritually by joining a growth group and then follow through with that commitment by faithfully attending the group all semester, that’s reason to celebrate!
- Each group is free to determine how they will celebrate
- The party night gives the group something to look forward to, so be sure to start planning the party early on in the semester
When you finish reviewing What’s Involved? please move on to Eligibility.
Eligibility Checkpoint #1: Have you attended our Discover class
Our Discover class is an opportunity for you to discover our story, our mission, our strategy and several ways you can get more involved at our church.
Eligibility Checkpoint #2: Have you participated in at least one semester of a growth group?
Before you can facilitate a group at New Day, we want to make sure you have participated in our growth groups. It is important that you understand the structure of our groups and what exactly is the role of the facilitator. You must participate in at least one group and have been in attendance at most of those group meetings.
Eligibility Checkpoint #3: Can you attend the facilitator training?
We take seriously the task of preparing you to succeed. That’s why we have a mandatory facilitators training. Just as the MVP of the World Series will still be required to attend Spring training, so we require all of our group facilitators (regardless of how many times they have led) to attend a portion of the two hour training before you can facilitate a group. The next facilitator training is on Sunday, September 11th from 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Eligibility Checkpoint #4: Do you financially support the church in some capacity?
Jesus said “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We do not allow people to facilitate our groups who don’t demonstrate in their giving that they have a heart for our church and the people they will be leading.
When you commit to being a group facilitator you get to play a part in helping people grow closer to Jesus. Maybe after this upcoming semester we’ll be adding a testimony from somebody in your group!
This was my first growth group and I could not have asked for a more amazing experience. I was nervous at first since I didn’t know anyone but I could never be happier about that decision. I’m so sad I ended up moving away from the group, but I’m so incredibly grateful for the opportunity for amazing fellowship and inexplicable growth. I could not have asked for better people to grow with and to be praying for me and continuing the journey of life with. I feel so incredibly blessed by this summer and I thank God so much for it. Thank you for facilitating it New Day!
I am super excited because in our growth group this past week…we were talking about witnessing to our friends. I was saying how I was discouraged because I just wanted God to use me, and show me opportunities. Well, the next day, I texted my neighbor (who I have invited to church, and been trying to witness to for 4 YEARS) to come have a playdate. Well, she said yes (we’ve never actually made plans before), she came over, and we had an amazing talk! She is actually having marriage issues with her husband (and we are in a MARRIAGE series!), and I was able to speak directly to her experience because of what I have learned in my own marriage in a few different areas. She works on Sundays, but I suggested that maybe her husband would want to go to church, and I gave her a NDC card. I also told her about the podcasts, and she was extremely receptive. She also gave me a hug when she left (which is VERY unlike her). If I had tried to have this conversation 6 months ago, it would not have worked. But, through my growth group, I was encouraged to reach out to her right when she needs it most…and she even works with someone else who goes to New Day. That is why growth groups are so awesome!
It’s always powerful to hear what other people are struggling with and overcoming, and I was so encouraged by members of our group that have a firm grasp of God’s word and the power it has to change lives. Often, people would bring up scriptures and powerful “God-moments” that totally changed their lives, and in turn ended up changing mine.
It was very life changing. I felt closer to the Lord through sharing my struggles w/ others and hearing their struggles, as well as getting good feedback and encouragement. It is a very safe environment and it was a moving experience to know that there are more people out there like you and they are also supportive. it is very cathartic to share with other Christians. I was always uplifted and left with a smile on my face!
…I was also happy to have an opportunity to bring my husband to a Christian fellowship. He’s not a believer in Christ and it was nice that he could be an a Christian environment and that others were able to witness their faith in Christ, without him feeling pressured or judged.
It has been very rewarding learning about other’s experiences. Our group has a great combination of new church members and “veterans” and I as a new member, I feel that a lot of my questions have been answered and has allowed me to not get hung up on certain things that in the past were preventing my spiritual growth.
The amazing support you receive from the group in times of emergency is indescribable. The time put aside in this busy life to pray for others.. Its truly a blessing.
Just that I almost didn’t do it. I’ve been really wrestling with something deeply personal lately and I didn’t want to bring down the group. But they’ve been so welcoming and positive and I’m really glad I joined. Though they don’t know the details, their strong faith and deep love for Christ have inspired me and helped me cope.
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:
When does the semester begin and end?
Our Semester run as follows:
Spring semester runs from the first week in February to mid April.
Summer semester runs from the first week of June to end of July.
Fall Semester runs from the first week of October to mid December.
Each group’s ending date will depend on the length of the curriculum the group facilitator has chosen. No group will meet longer than 12 weeks but can continue into another semester if they choose to do so.
Do you train your group facilitators?
Yes! If you want to facilitate one of our groups, attending the facilitators training is actually mandatory. Find out the date of the next facilitators training on our Eligibility page.
How do I fill up my group?
We’ll be promoting all of our groups the month prior to the start of the semester. People will have the opportunity to sign up in the Sunday service and online. We also encourage our group leaders to personally invite some friends so your growth group is something you look forward to each week.
How do I find a curriculum if I don’t have one already?
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How can I get an answer to a question I have that’s not listed here?
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If you are ready to begin the process and believe you are eligible click here!