Group Leaders 

Here is the information that you need to be a great group leader.  Thanks for hosting a MORE group.  You've already shown that you want more of Jesus in your life by taking this step. Nicely done!  I can't wait to hear how Jesus is showing up in the lives of the ladies you are leading!

Access the Video Teaching

The video teaching will be done by Pastor Lisa each week.  There are a few ways you can choose to have your group watch the video content to prepare for your discussion. You can plan to watch together when the video goes live on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. [It is the same teaching, just two different times it will post]. Or you can plan a different time that works for your group and set up your own watch party around that time. Below you will find information on the different platforms that we recommend. Choose one and rally your group around this plan.

1. FACEBOOK

Watch the video teaching all together on the Facebook Page: We Are Women of Purpose by starting a Watch Party. 

2. YOUTUBE

Watch the video teaching all together on our Youtube Channel.  After the teaching, jump on to a platform of your choice:  Zoom, Facebook, or GoogleMeet for your small group time.

Forming Your Group

Our favorite way to form groups is for you to invite your friends to join you and form a new group. Or if you would prefer to host a group of women who do not know each other or need a few more women to fill up your group, we can invite them to do that as well.

As a leader please fill out the leader form on this site.

Once YOU have done this, I will get sent an email to approve you as a group leader, then you can access the group that I created for you on this site. It will give you adm rights so that you can facilitate the group.  You will have access to a lot of cool features to be able to message and connect with your group.

Leading Your Group

Each week I will post a discussion guide with questions for you to ask your group. You will find it under the leadership tab here.

Here's the plan for your group:

 

  • Welcome everyone as they arrive to your online group.

  • Introduce the women to each other if they do not yet know each other.

  • Ask the women to share a little bit about themselves (names, current place in life, relationship to you the group leader)

  • OR if these women already know each other, ask them to share one word they would use to describe themselves and why they chose that word.

  • Then give an overview of your time together.

Meeting Tips:

  • If online, you will need to unmute your mic button which is at the bottom of your screen so that they can here you.

  • Encourage everyone to keep their mic button muted unless they are speaking so you don't get feedback or atmosphere noise unless you have a very small group.

  • Feel free to call on people and ask them if they have any thoughts that they would like to share. You will be able to see people's name with their image, so that serves as your name tags!

  • Be sure to answer the questions yourself, especially if it takes time for people to warm up to each other. Silence is okay. And so is asking others to speak up, like: “Who wants to go first?” or “What do you ladies think about that?”

  • Create space for these women to be authentic and vulnerable. Affirm their thoughts with a simple comment like, “Thanks for sharing that—what a great thought!”

  • Make sure you are aware of the time, and use the last 5 minutes to wrap-up and discuss details for the next meeting: date, time, location. Encourage further discussion over email, group text or video chat, if desired.

  • Remind everyone that this is to be a safe space so what is shared in the group stays in the group.

  • Encourage everyone to share what is on their own heart and mind - not their husband's or kids. We want this to be a place for women to get to process life with Jesus.

  • If someone shares something heavy or difficult, feel free to take a minute to pray with them before moving on. This gives everyone an action plan and allows you to move on to the next person without everyone feeling like they should do something to help.

  • Keep an eye on the time. You don't have to get to every question if you group is in the midst of a good discussion around one of the questions. But do plan to end on time.

  • If someone in your group dominates conversation, make sure to kindly step in and ask for input from the other women, like “Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Emily. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this question?” Make sure everyone is heard. Keep facilitating, keep sharing, keep asking thoughtful questions. Keep encouraging and equipping these women—let them know you appreciate them and you value the insights and perspectives they bring to the group. Pray for the group, or ask the women how you can be praying for them until your next meeting. And then actually pray.

  • Make sure you let your group know how you will communicate with your group - text, email, Facebook, or other.

  • Have fun, stay positive, and end in prayer!

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,  to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

Pastor Lisa loves to hear about how the groups are going and loves screen shots of your group! You can send them to her at lisat@purposechurch.com.

PURPOSE WOMEN 2020