So, we are way behind the eight ball in giving our small groups ministry some overdue attention. While we have had a pretty vibrant number of small groups meeting together for years to study a wide range of topics, it has been sort of running without any coordinated effort or inter-action across groups. This has worked well since each group enjoyed their little circles and overall were quite good at inviting any newcomers that might be interested. But lately after some unexpected losses from illness and moving, there are groups that are struggling to feel connected. We can't count on it that groups will meet just because they love getting together regardless of what they're studying. We also have newcomers who are not getting invited because the "healthy" groups are full, and the hurting groups do not feel it would be attractive or conducive to keeping newcomers enthusiastic about our church.
We are just realizing that someone needs to be more intentional about "checking in" with each of our small groups and also about encouraging leaders to develop new groups with an intentional spectrum of topics or styles. Basically we feel we need someone to begin serving a more coordinated vision for our small groups ministry.
But rather than try to develop our own job description from scratch, I am wondering if anyone would be willing to share some already thought-out statements. Realizing that our context may be different and anything we view will need to be altered to become our own, but still thinking it would be valuable to view any existing documents for comparison and as a launching pad.
Any other suggestions for how/where to begin providing more oversight and encouragement to this greatly needed ministry are also welcome.
Thanks for anything you may be willing to share...