What is my job?
Lead the congregation to nurture and form Christian disciples of all ages through small groups. Coordinate and implement the small group ministries for all ages in the congregation, including the Sunday school, weekday groups, and offsite groups.
Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications
Spiritual gifts: servanthood, teaching, exhortation (encouragement), leadership, wisdom, faith, administration, helping, and shepherding.
Experience, skills: This leader should show passion for nurturing the Christian faith of others. This leader must listen well and communicate with people of all ages, have experience in Christian education and development of a program of Christian formation for people of all ages. This leader must be able to delegate tasks, implement and support projects, and follow through to get the job done.
What does this leader do?
- Maintain a healthy and growing spiritual life and lead others to do the same
- Collaborate with the educational ministry team or nurture team, age level coordinators and pastor to build and implement a system of small groups for people of all ages to grow and develop as disciples of Jesus Christ.
- Develop and carry out plans in coordination with the education chair person to promote attendance and participation in the church program for nurture and growth—congregations call this program of nurture and Christian formation by various names such as church school, Sunday School, small groups, Bible study, and discipleship groups.
- The leader may build a team of people with gifts and skills for implementation of the church nurturing ministries. (See Job Description for a small group coordinator)
- Be familiar with curriculum resources in order to make recommendations for classes and groups of children, youth, and adults.
- Recommend teachers and leaders to the church education team.
Where can I get help?
- Meet with the pastor and others interested in small group ministries to evaluate the congregation's program of nurture and formation. Align new plans with the vision and ministry of the congregation.
- Learn about needs of children, youth and adults for education, spiritual formation, fellowship, support and opportunities for service. In collaboration with age level coordinators, develop new small groups.
Agencies and people
- Your pastor and lay people in your congregation who are interested in small group and nurture ministries.
- CEF, Christians Engaged in Faith Formation
- InfoServ answers questions and provides current information about United Methodist resources, programs, and staff services.
- Carol F. Krau (Christian Formation), ckrau@UMCdiscipleship.org, Discipleship Ministries, P.O. Box 340003, Nashville, TN 37203-0003; (877) 899-2780; www.umcdiscipleship.org.
- Steven Manskar (Wesleyan Leadership), smanskar@UMCdiscipleship.org, Discipleship Ministries, P.O. Box 340003, Nashville, TN 37203-0003; (877) 899-2780; www.umcdiscipleship.org.
Web and print
Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, 2012
Companions in Christ
Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016: Small Group Ministries
Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016: Christian Education
Job Descriptions and Leadership Training in the United Methodist Church, 2013-2016