Pastoral Transitions: Home Group Meetings
Taken from a Pastor/SPRC Workshop
The goal of a pastoral transition is to navigate the change with grace and purpose. Home group meetings provide pastors with a tool to accomplish this.
The purpose of home group meetings:
- Help worshipers get to know you better and for you to get to know the congregation better.
- Being to understand the values within the congregation.
- Identify the future hopes.
- Identify natural leaders.
- Identify what is important to people.
Home group meetings are help in worshipers' homes and light refreshments are served.
The ideal participant size of a home group meeting is 10-18 worshipers.
Questions that should be asked include the following:
- Invite each person to share their name and how long they have been a worshiper.
- The pastor shares briefly about him/herself. The goal is to show you are a listener and are interested in them. Talk as little as possible.
- What are the strengths of the congregation?
- What does this congregation value/what is important to the congregation?
- What are the present challenges?
- What ministries would you like to see in the future?
- What are your hopes for my ministry?
Following the group meetings, write up the responses to these meetings. Write a newsletter article about the top three things you heard for each question. Work with SPRC and staff to set 3-5 objectives based on what you heard and achieve those objectives within the first year.
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