This is a very rough draft of a document which may guide the life of Resurrection micro church leaders. Will you please share with me your thoughts, feelings and opinions in the comments?
To be considered as a potential micro church leader, a person will:
- affirm the essentials of the Christian faith, enunciated in the historic creeds believed by nearly all Christians, such as the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed
- affirm all 15 core traits of a deeply committed Christian and be willing to grow in all areas.
- regularly practice prayer and Bible study.
- be able to share her or his faith story.
- understand the importance of hospitality and showing concern for others.
- demonstrate willingness to become a spiritual guide and care provider.
- be passionate about discipleship and community.
- be aware of spiritual gifts and open to exploration of them.
- focus on what is helpful and builds up the Body of Christ, and avoid judgmental statements, name-calling, harsh labeling, and efforts to describe anyone holding a different view as “un- Christian”
- embrace the Resurrection membership expectations.
- agree to be held accountable to the Volunteer Leader Covenant of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.
- have previous experience leading adults (i.e. projects, teams or groups – managing, delegation, logistics, details, etc.).
- embrace the importance of establishing a group covenant, celebrate differences in group member’s personalities, appreciate differences in spiritual background and knowledge and be open to helping group members do the same.
- have volunteered for ministry inside and outside a church.
- have previous experience participating in a small group for Bible study and spiritual growth.
- have previous experience leading group prayer.
- have previous experience leading a Bible study.
- have completed Disciple 1 or equivalent.
Expectations – A micro church leader will:
- collaborate with and receive care and guidance from the Pastor for Resurrection Online.
- collaborate and be in community with other micro church leaders.
- facilitate the micro church worship experience.
- communicate with each person in her or his micro church, at least once a week, to:
- inquire how their souls prosper;
- advise, caution, comfort or encourage as necessary.
- commit to developing opportunities for each micro church participant to worship, grow, give and serve.
- communicate with Resurrection at least once a week to share:
- who are active in the life of the micro church,
- any who are in need of additional care or guidance (i.e. illness, spiritual concern, etc.),
- stories of life change, and
- any technical problems or concerns.
- look for a person who could be key in influencing a new circle of people to start the next micro church.