About The Role

Leaders suffer in isolation, but heal and change in a community with peers who engage life and ministry at a deep level with one another.

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Starting a new Connection Group at TLC is an exciting process and we’re glad you’re interested.  Before you fill out the contact form, we’d like to invite you to review information about starting a Connection Group below…

Connection Groups and Leadership Coaching are central elements of The Leadership Connection and provide Kingdom Leaders a “safe” place to learn, grow, share, and reflect together on what their ministry is and could be, as well as who they are and can be individually. The Connection Groups currently feature primarily senior pastors, but it is TLC’s deep desire to extend these peer groups to other ministry leaders such as Executive Pastors, Associates, Youth Pastors, Worship Pastors, Pastors of Care, Emerging Pastors and Children’s Pastors / Leaders, as well as Executive Directors of non-profit organizations.

_DSC7923TLC’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 Facilitator. These meetings provide individuals with coaching / mentoring services beyond the enormous benefits of belonging to a peer accountability group.

_DSC7975TLC Connection Groups:  Each group consists 8 to 12 Kingdom Leaders who covenant to meet on a monthly basis for a period of two years.  The Facilitator personally recruits each participant in a face-to-face meeting, drawing from Kingdom Leaders whom the Facilitator knows, or to whom he/she has been referred.  A 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.  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. 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 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 TLC Connection Group is 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.

If you are interested in becoming a TLC Facilitator, please read through the “job description” for a Connection Group leader. . . Click here to read it now.