Small Group Member Roles and Responsibilities 

What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.

1 Corinthians 14:26

The New Testament expects every Christian to be involved in the life of the Church and to contribute to the Body of Christ. In the passage above, the Apostle Paul paints a picture of the Church that would be almost impossible to make happen on a Sunday morning. We believe one of the best ways for Christians to live the life of faith that the New Testament describes is by being involved in a small group. 

The following a list of ways that you can contribute to your small group. God is creative and makes us all differently and this list isn't exhaustive but hopefully it helps you to think about the different ways that you can invest into the life of your small group. 

Childcare 

  • Coordinate childcare by making sure there's a provider every week. 

  • Help to pay for childcare 
     

Hospitality 

  • Coordinate snacks by making sure someone brings food and drink every week

  • Offer to bring snacks occasionally 

  • Help pay for snacks occasionally 

  • Offer to come early to help set up or stay late to help clean up 

  • Plan recreational activities/events for your small group
     

Communication 

  • Offer to take over communications by sending out a summary email after each meeting and sending out a reminder text they day before each meeting
     

Curriculum/Discussion 

  • Facilitate the small group discussion on occasion 

  • Help to find curriculum material 

  • If you're interested in leading a small group of your own eventually - voice that to the group and your group leader so you can begin getting the experience you need. 
     

Worship 

  • Offer to lead worship activities - always or on occasion 

  • Volunteer to pray or to read scripture when the opportunity arises 
     

Care & Connection 

  • Pursue people in your group outside of group time via text, call, or by getting together face to face. 

  • Pray for group members by name daily

  • Stay faithful in showing up, doing homework, and responding to texts & emails

  • Invite new people to your group

  • Coordinate Care - when someone is in the hospital or needs meals brought to them or needs help moving, be the person in your group that creates a gameplan and mobilizes others. 

 

Outreach & Service

  • Coordinate & plan outreach opportunities 

  • Organize a short term mission for your small group (local or global) 

Other Small Groups might decide to create specific roles/titles for each other. Those who go that route may be interested in something like this structure: 

Administrative Coordinator – gather/provide the group with contact info

Hospitality Coordinator – maintain the schedule for snacks

Childcare Coordinator – arranges child care; collects and pays provider

Prayer Coordinator – maintains and communicates prayer needs of group

Host Home Volunteers – willing to offer alternative meeting locations if needed

Social Coordinator – plans group social events, outings

Apprentice – interested in training and pursuing leadership

Remember - we're all made differently and the seasons of our lives change. Find a way to get involved that works best for you. Don't worry if you're not able to do as much as other group members. What's important isn't how much you contribute - it's that you're faithful to bringing to the table all that God would expect you to. That's going to look different for each of us. Feel free to pick more than one option and then make a plan for what you want that to practically look like.

 

Small Group Communities are a powerful means of grace - the more we invest in them, the more we'll get from them.  

Waite Park Church is a multi-generational, neighborhood church that strives to share the life Jesus promised in our community and around the world.

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