Group Leader Job Description

Servant Facilitator Job Description

B&W-0392Why would we start with the Servant / Facilitator? It is an easy answer. Without one, there is no group. A competent and trusted facilitator is the “human glue” that allows the participants to connect and stick together. “Leadership is always the issue.” That is what TLC Co-founder Neil Sullivan always emphasizes. The role of the servant / facilitator is complex and requires the development of many different skills.

Have you ever felt something like this?    

One day you experience the role of the entrepreneur. Later that day, you might feel like an event planner or a fundraiser. The next day you will be busy facilitating your group meeting, but that’s only after you carefully planned the meeting (only to discover that the plan didn’t live much past the first meeting break). Another week, you’ll feel more like a headhunter or a recruiter.  And finally you’ll experience the rich reward of being your group members personal coach.

Tired yet?

Let’s take a brief look at each role. As you read the succinct description of each one, try and honestly ask yourself how comfortable you are fulfilling each of the roles with their accompanying responsibilities. You will find some more natural and easy than others. Keep this one encouraging thought in mind: each role requires particular skills and skills are learnable.

ENTREPENEUR: A biblical term that might apply is apostle. You’ll find yourself using these types of gifts or skills whenever you start anything new. Instead of a church plant, you are planting a group of six to twelve pastors. While you may not personally be reaching and building into 150 to 1,500 people in one particular congregation, you will be impacting hundreds or thousands because of the direct impact that you have on their pastor. As an entrepreneur, you’ll be using recruiting skills, marketing abilities, financial talents and you’ll feel like a salesperson from time to time. All of those skills will come in handy when starting a TLC Group.

But it won’t be enough.

MEETING PLANNER: Every month, six to twelve ministry leaders will show up for a four to five hour meeting full of peer group issues assessment process, life–accountability, a presentation and other elements that make up a TLC meeting. As the servant / facilitator, you are the one responsible for pulling and scheduling the elements from month to month in fresh and effective ways. You will never want to get to the point where you simply “mail in the meeting.” It takes advanced planning, creativity and intentional focus to provide meetings that result in great dialogue and engaging relationships that result in “iron sharpening iron.”

In some ways, a TLC meeting is a lot like a youth group meeting. There is careful preparation and prayer that goes into the meeting, but the activity itself has the feeling of spontaneity and adlib.

EVENT PLANNER: Besides planning monthly meetings, part of your role will be, from time to time, planning both ministry events and fundraisers. These may range from booking a speaker like John Ortberg, Patrick Lencioni, Ken Blanchard, Erwin McManus (to mention a few that have spoken at TLC events) to hosting Living Room Investor dinners and golf tournaments. When it comes to planning one or more of these events the Lord will show you what to offer and when to offer them.

FACILITATOR and COACH: These are two of the most important roles that you will fulfill for your Leadership Connection Group!  There is extensive training on what processes we guide people through as facilitators and coaches.

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Still Want to Know More About a Connection Group?

These connection and affinity groups are the central element of the ministry and provide kingdom leaders a “safe” place to learn, grow, share, and reflect together on what the church is and could be, and who they are and can be. These groups currently feature primarily senior pastors, but it is TLC’s deep desire to extend these affinity groups to other ministry leaders such as Executive Pastors, Associates, Youth Pastors, Worship Pastors, Pastors of Care, Emerging (future senior) Pastors and Children’s Pastors / Leaders, as well as Executive Directors of non-profit organizations.

B&W-0430TLC’s Mission is: EnCouraging Kingdom Leaders Worldwide.  We anticipate that the TLC concept will take many forms as we serve kingdom leaders within many unique settings throughout the world.

These groups include spiritual accountability check-in, processing participants’ issues and opportunity assessments, and presentations about subjects of interest necessary to achieve self-care, balanced living, and effective ministries, as well as the opportunity for building and maintaining supportive relationships of peers.

Another crucial component of these groups is the face-to-face monthly meetings that each participant has with the group’s Servant / Facilitator. These meetings provide individuals with coaching / mentoring services beyond the enormous benefits of belonging to a peer accountability group.

TLC Connection Groups make up the core of this ministry.  Each group consists ideally of eight kingdom leaders who covenant to meet on a monthly basis for a period of two years.  We personally recruit each participant in a face-to-face meeting, drawing from kingdom leaders with who are known by one of our Servant / Facilitators or who have been referred to us because that particular kingdom leader has demonstrated initiative and motivation to grow.  A Servant / Facilitator is assigned to each group and plays the key role in their success by helping participants assess their needs, identify goals, and set norms for the group’s work.  Servant / Facilitators also help identify and develop leadership, self-care, and spiritual formation resources to support the group’s work, and provide “one-on-one” coaching to participants between group meetings to reinforce learning and accountability.  To protect the central importance of creating a “safe” place apart from the church establishment, we insure that facilitators, especially those who are pastors, will in no way constrain or threaten the “safety” of the groups.  Servant / Facilitators are pastors or others with facilitating skill (i.e. therapists) and ministry experience, which are specifically trained for work with our groups.

TLC Connection Groups determine their own process and programs, select speakers, set their agendas and plan their curriculum, with their respective Servant / Facilitators and our TLC staff working together to identify appropriate models of learning and spiritual formation and resources to support that development.  We’ve discovered that one model does not fit all and have developed a variety of options that each group can choose from. Since our focus and commitment is to serve kingdom leaders, we approach all cultures and groups in a unique manner.  We share all of our resources and tools and then ask them what works best in their culture.

One model is for a group to meet every month for a half-day. These groups tend to meet for four to five hours (lunch is optional but often attended) and the meetings include group problem processing, and a shorter (usually one to one-and-a-half hour presentations).  Another model for the group process involves the group meeting periodically, six times a year (every other month, beginning at noon the first day, and ending in the late afternoon of the next day). The first afternoon session is devoted to an outside speaker, and the following day is spent in intensive problem-solving discussions.  Another venue involves the group meeting fewer times for a longer duration, such as quarterly meetings over a three-day period, with more time devoted to spiritual formation and self-care issues.