Mini Group Guidelines

Mini-Groups: Are clusters of three or four people meeting to intentionally encourage and walk-through growth in a specific area. These groups run throughout the year and vary in the frequency of meetings.

What happens in a Mini-Group: Meeting in Mini-Group provides a safe environment for people to explore a specific area of their life on a deeper level through conversation and biblical teaching. Often participants are paired with a facilitator who is a few steps ahead in experience and maturity.

Purpose of a Mini-Group:

  • Help people navigate through a season of life beyond what can be offered in larger groups
  • Share from personal experience based on Scriptural teaching through our Church’s Statement of Faith.
  • Gathering with Christ-centered people who offer care, support and accountability.

Expectations of Mini-Groups:

  • While this type of group involves discipling, there is no counselling involved. Rather the goal is for the leader to walk alongside participants and encourage them in their personal development using personal experience, and approved material.
  • If issues arise during the Mini-Group process that requires further expertise, such as counselling, a referral will take place.
  • Mini-Groups target specific areas of growth and therefore participants will complete a Participation agreement outlining details of the group: Duration of Mini-Group (how often, how long, number of meetings); Brief description of purpose/goals for the meeting; Resources being used.
  • Each Mini-Group will be assigned to a Pastor for accountability

Sample Confidentiality Agreement:

All communication within the Mini-Group will be kept in confidence. Such communication will only be released where required by law, court order, or to protect the health and safety of those involved.

Mini-Group Participation Agreement

Leader Names:__________________________________________________

Participants Names:______________________________________________

Pastor:_____________________________________________________

Brief Description and focus for the Mini-Group:

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Brief Description of what you hope to accomplish in your time together (Goals):_________________________________________________________

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Details of Meeting:

Start date:________________________  End Date:______________________

Frequency or number of Gatherings:__________________________________

Length of time for each Gathering:___________________________________

Resources being used:_____________________________________________

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Leader Signature                                                         Date

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Leader Signature                                                         Date

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Participant Signature                                                    Date

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Participant Signature                                                    Date

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