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Q: What is a covenant and why should we have one in our small group?
A covenant is an agreement that all members of the group adhere to. Having a covenant will give the group an agreed upon purpose and vision. It will also serve as a road map to arrive at a desired destination, provide a framework for managing potential conflict, create healthy boundaries to function within, and will eliminate unspoken expectations. For small group covenant samples, visit www.smallgroups.com.
Q: What do NEWLIFE groups look like?
NEWLIFE Groups come in all shapes and sizes— with groups of married couples, singles, men, women, kids, no kids, workplace, life stage, life interests (i.e. hobbies)—the list goes on. No two groups are alike, people gather for many reasons, and the expressions and experiences of each group will look different because of the unique gifts, personalities, and passions of the people involved. An important element of NEWLIFE Groups is confidentiality. What is shared by one person within the group is kept confidential and within the group. This confidentiality of New Life Groups allows us to “get real” so we can be loved and encouraged wherever we are without having to pretend that everything is fine.
Q: What are my responsibilities as a group leader?
Groups can share the different responsibilities of group life. It starts when someone commits in their heart to develop community in their life. They "get the ball rolling" and keep the group moving forward. We generally call this person the leader (or point person) but this does not imply that they are teaching the group but more of a facilitator or host. Many groups share leading the discussions from week to week or year to year.
Other group responsibilities can be shared as well - including food, journaling the groups’ prayer requests, communications within the group and social and outreach events. Shared ownership in the group helps everyone to feel valued and use their spiritual gifts.
Q: What is the time committment for a NEWLIFE group?
A group can meet for any given amount of time. While the core of some groups may have been around for decades, every group and participant is different depending on the nature of the group or where God may be calling us elsewhere to serve. We should celebrate what God has been able to teach us during our time together.
Q: What is essential to a NEWLIFE group?
There are three essential elements in a NEWLIFE group: Connect, Care, and Grow. Connect with God and others authentially and regularly; Care for one another through the joys and sorrows of life; Grow in your understanding and application of God's Word and through service to others. Through connecting, caring, and growing, our hope is that the following would occur:
- We accept one another as we are.
- We share our struggles, successes, joys and pains.
- We are honest with each other and ourselves—able to start removing the "masks" that we hide behind.
- We listen intently as others are speaking.
- We do not criticize or condemn what others share.
- We do not give unsolicited advice.
- We gather to care, God does the curing.
- We share our own stories and experiences.
- We trust one another completely, confidentiality is key in all group discussions.
- We are free to remain silent, if we wish.
- We keep the discussion informal and accept that we don't have all the answers to life's questions.
- We encourage one another to minister within the group and to others outside the group.