Guide for Neighborhood Group Facilitators
It is probably more helpful to refer to our leaders as facilitators. The facilitator is not in charge of teaching or even leading the discussion, but instead facilitating a time of group learning and discovery. The facilitator is an equal participant and does not need to be more advanced in knowledge or faith to facilitate their group. Some groups will choose to rotate facilitators each week.
One of the main roles of the leader will be to communicate with their group. We advise you to create WhatsApp group chats where the leader can post prayer requests from the previous week and remind the group about activities.
Recommended Schedule for your meeting
The group will probably meet for about two hours, say from 6:00-8:00. Here is an example of what a typical group might look like:
6:00-6:45 - fellowship (talking, catching up, eating)
6:45-7:00 - open the discussion time with prayer, sing a song together
7:00-7:30 - discuss the sermon using questions provided weekly
7:30-7:45 - prayer (many groups will divide into smaller groups by gender or otherwise)
7:45-8:00 - fellowship and close
This is merely an example, and groups will have freedom in how they want to conduct their time. You can see that about half the time is used for fellowship, and half the time is used for study. We would recommend something similar. Prayer, particularly, should be prioritized.
Our Neighborhood Groups should be thinking together about how they can serve together. The church will have regular opportunities to serve in Sector La Hormiga in Dorado that we will keep our facilitators informed of.
If your group would prefer to go through a book together rather than discuss the sermon, feel free to chose a book depending on your needs and preferences. The list below is meant to give you suggestions, but your group should feel free to chose a book that is not on the list.
A Praying Life by Paul Miller (buy here)
Learning Evangelism from Jesus by Jerram Barrs (buy here)
The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller (buy here)
The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller (buy here)
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp (buy here)
Cross Talk by Michael Emlet (buy here)