FAQ About Leading A Group
A Leader’s number one job is to welcome people into their Small Group and make them feel comfortable!
Small Group Leaders do not need to be Bible scholars — but they must be growing Christ followers who fulfill 3 requirements. Qualified Small Group Leaders must:
- Love Jesus: They are a committed Christ follower who is actively growing in the Lord. Others describe them as growing
- Love People: They have natural affection, compassion, and care for people. Others describe them as relational
- Love Liquid: They regularly attend Liquid Church each week, and consider it their primary church. Others describe them as loyal
Small Group Leaders will be trained and required to:
- Attend a Campus-led Leader training event for initial training
- Attend an Annual Retreat so we can provide practical tools for success
- Attend regular Meetings with a Group Coach, approximately once per semester or 3 times per year for a time of discipleship, prayer, and problem-solving
- Take advantage of Liquid’s Monthly “Drip” Training – short form content like a video or podcast designed to help Leaders develop and grow.
Any experience you’ve had leading a Small Group in the past is helpful, but we invite you to sign-up even if this is the first time you would be taking on a leadership role.
New Small Group Leaders will participate in a New Leader Training event before your Small Group begins. At the training, we’ll equip and prepare you for your Small Group launch. You will also be matched up with a Coach, whom you will meet with regularly for support and encouragement along the way.
We ask that you commit to leading one “semester” (usually about 8-12 weeks). At the end of this semester, you and your Small Group members will decide whether you would like to continue on together as a Group – your Coach will help you navigate that conversation, and Liquid will provide tools, study materials, ongoing support, and training for Small Groups that continue on.
There are Small Groups that meet weekly or bi-weekly (every other week.) You decide!
With the unique challenges 2020 brought us, our Small Groups have primarily been meeting in virtual spaces (Zoom, Google Hangout, Google Hangout Meet) or by phone.
When a Small Group first starts out, you will follow a study guide curriculum written by Pastors Tim and Nithin, based on Liquid’s Sunday messages. This is a sermon-based study. After that, your Group may elect to remain sermon-based or select a study approved by the Liquid Groups Department.
We encourage you to start a Small Group with a few people you know who live nearby! Our website also lists Groups by geography and/or stage of life (such as Married Couples, Women, Co-ed 20s, etc.), so that others can find and join your Small Group.
There are many ways for people to join a Small Group. The first way is that they are invited by the Leader or Group members — we believe Small Groups work best when they build on natural relationships that already exist, so if there are people you know, you can invite them to be in your Group. The second way people join Groups is by selecting one that fits their location and stage of life through our sign-up page on LiquidGroups.com. Liquid also hosts Connect Events to provide an opportunity for people to meet Leaders prior to attending a Group meeting.
While meeting virtually, childcare is the responsibility of each individual or family. When our Small Groups meet in person, each individual Group is responsible for deciding how to handle childcare needs. Some options are:
- Have parents arrange for sitters on their own and attend the Group without children.
- Chip in for a sitter who watches the kids in a different room while your Group meets.
- Group members take turns watching the kids each week.
If you have additional questions about hosting a Small Group you can email Discipleship Administrator Lucy Canales at Lucy@LiquidChurch.com.