Griggs Groups: Leadership

By Pastor Mitch

What does a Griggs Group Leader do? 

Leading a Griggs Group is like leading a Sunday School class only without having to teach. Think of it as facilitating a discussion.

Here’s a quick rundown of the responsibilities: 

  • Pastor Mitch will prepare a message throughout the week. 
  • Around Friday or Saturday, he will email you a list of discussion questions that will go along with his Sunday morning message. 
  • He will then preach his Sunday morning message. 
  • On Sunday night, either pastor Mitch or pastor Daniel will teach a 15-minute recap message. Then, men and women will split into groups. 
  • You will designate a room downstairs for your group to meet in. 
  • Once everyone is in the right room, you will open in prayer and ask the discussion questions that have been given to you. 
  • Draw conversation from the answers group members give by asking them to expound, explain, and give examples of their answers. Attempt to keep the discussion going.
  • Ask your group if they’ve had any personal experiences they’d like to share.
  • After you’ve gone through the discussion questions, ask for prayer requests, note them, and lead in prayer. You can also ask for a volunteer to lead in prayer. Finally, dismiss your group. 

What are the expectations of Griggs Group Leader? 

The basic expectations are very simple: read through the discussion questions ahead of time and be able to attend most Sunday nights. However, a good group leader will go beyond these expectations to display Christian charity in their own way.

For example, getting the contact information of everyone in their group, calling to check up on people in their group who haven’t attended in a while. Another example might be bringing in some desserts or snack for their group once a month. Perhaps one more example might be visiting a group member in the hospital if they have fallen sick. 

Replication and Co-Leaders

Groups can be as small as 4 people and as large as 10, with 8-10 people being the optimal size. Hopefully, each Griggs group experiences some growth. That being said, we need group leaders to be ready to replicate their group if it starts regularly going beyond 8-10 people. All that is meant by replication is to split the group in two.

For example, if a group starts consistently drawing in 12 people each Sunday night, they should be ready to split into two groups of six (or something very close to this fraction). That means one group will need a new group leader. Griggs group leaders can help with new leader selection by recruiting a co-leader to help them lead their group even before it’s ready to replicate. The co-leader can eventually be the group leader of the replicating group. 

Before replication,  a co-leader can help facilitate discussion, fill in for you when you have to be absent, help track attendance, track prayer requests or any number of things that would assist you in leading a Griggs group.

Hope this helps! Feel free to email any further questions to me at mitch@mitchmiller.me