The purpose of this dissertation is to answer the question: What would constitute an effective strategy for training and developing holistic small group leaders, specifically at Renaissance Community Church? To begin the process of answering this question the author identified four specific steps that were necessary to assist in the development of holistic small group leaders at RCC.
Prior to the project design, the author, working with Dr. Bobby Hill of Hill Consulting, and using the NCD assessment tools, discovered that small groups were the minimum factor. It was at that point that RCC began transitioning from a church with small groups to a church of small groups.
This led to the first step of the ministry project, which involved recruiting twelve potential leaders and administering a pre-test designed to gauge the participant’s current level of understanding and confidence to explain the following concepts: understanding God’s purpose for small groups, understanding a leader’s personal development, understanding and developing new leaders, understanding the dynamics of spiritual development, leading small group meetings, comprehending group progress, understanding the role of a shepherd, and with these competencies impact their world.
For the second step, using a Modeling/Turbo group model, the author developed an eight-week small group setting using the Leading Life-Changing with Small Groups as the leadership curriculum for the twelve participants. The author then used a post-test to measure the participants’ development in their abilities to explain and implement the material.
The third step consisted of the turbo launch in which the participants led six groups for eight weeks using the material ReGroup: Training Groups to be Groups, specifically designed by the author in order for the participants to implement their new skills.
This eight-week process ended with the fourth step, an exit interview with questions (see Appendix F) designed to measure the qualitative efficacy of the Leading Life-Changing with Small Groups training program. The participants’ showed signs of significant increase in both the understanding of the material during the eight week modeling/turbo group.
|Advisor:||Flynn, James T.|
|Commitee:||Harris, Antipas L., Hill, Bobby|
|Department:||School of Divinity|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Religious history, Divinity, Spirituality, Social structure|
|Keywords:||Community, Development, Leadership, Small groups, Strategy, Training|
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