Roles and Responsibilities

Leadership roles and responsibilities


Leader: Orientation toward members and group

Qualifications

  • Mature and growing disciple of Jesus, and well grounded in scripture
  • Active ‘member’ of Calvary Chapel Secret Harbour
  • Committed to the purpose and reflects the values of Calvary Chapel Church as outlined in the Calvary Chapel Distinctives by Chuck Smith
  • Genuine love for people with demonstrated relational skills
  • Ability to both challenge and encourage others in their walk with the Lord
  • Humble demeanor and teachable spirit; consistent and reliable
  • Good verbal skills and possesses the ability to communicate in such a way that is clear and understandable with warmth and graciousness
  • Solid reputation (above reproach) inside and outside the church meeting the requirements of 1 Timothy 3.
  • Willing to be judged with greater strictness as a leader in the church (James 3:1)
  • Ability to lead 8-15 people

Additionally, leading a Community Group is a deacon role at Calvary Chapel Church and therefore the qualifications of a deacon from Acts 6:1-7 and 1 Tim. 3:8-13 apply:

  • Worthy of respect
  • Sincere
  • Not indulging in much wine (self controlled and without addictions)
  • Not pursuing dishonest gain
  • Keeping hold of the truths of faith with a clear conscience
  • Tested and affirmed
Responsibilities

Shepherd: Care for and lead your community group toward growth as disciples of Jesus. Although you are not required to be the agent of the following for every member of your group, you should take responsibility that it is occurring:

  • Discipleship: Know the members of your group and encourage their spiritual growth through the use of the discipleship plan in the appendix.
  • Call on others in your group to shepherd one another and provide an atmosphere that is challenging and full of grace (see appendix for discipleship guide).
  • Facilitate fellowship times with scripture (sermon based), prayer, worship, confession and repentance.
  • Designate members of your group to walk with new or non-believers through the 7 Conversations curriculum (see Appendix).
  • Membership: Encourage people to become committed members to the church and address lapsed expectations of members such as community involvement, service and giving.

Missiologist: Lead your group in mission of the church

  • Create a Group Plan that is in line with the Neighbourhood Plan (see Appendix).
  • Cast vision and pursue opportunities for neighbourhood involvement
  • Network with other groups in your neighbourhood
  • Grow your group through missional effort and seek to replicate to advance gospel opportunities in your neighbourhood (see appendix for replication plan)
  • Develop future leaders through apprenticing members of your group (see appendix for the leadership process)

Administrator: Organise and plan so that your group functions well.

  • Maintain your group’s progress
  • Provide clear expectations and safe places to gather
  • Network with other groups in your neighbourhood
  • Grow your group through missional effort and seek to replicate to advance gospel opportunities in your neighbourhood (see Appendix for replication plan)

Note: While a Community Group Leader is responsible for all three areas above, they do not need to be every one of these roles. Generally the leader will be the shepherd of the group but does not necessarily have to be its chief missiologist or administrator. These can be delegated to members of the group based on spiritual gifts and passions.

Development

The ongoing development and equipping of you as a leader can be broken down into 3 opportunities:

  1. Basic Training: A series of lessons that deliver the basic DNA of Calvary Chapel Church Community Groups (see Appendix for Basic Training Curriculum)
  2. Boot Camps /Equipping Events: yearly or quarterly training sessions (varies by church)
  3. Coaching: Your coaching relationship is your perpetual on call resource for help and assistance (reference Resources Tab for coaching guide)

Coach: Orientation toward leaders and neighbourhood.

Qualifications
  • Mature and growing disciple of Jesus, and well grounded in scripture
  • Active ‘member’ of Calvary Chapel Secret Harbour
  • Committed to the purpose and reflects the values of Calvary Chapel Church as outlined in the Calvary Chapel Distinctives by Chuck Smith
  • Genuine love for people with demonstrated relational skills
  • Ability to both challenge and encourage others in their walk with the Lord
  • Humble demeanor and teachable spirit; consistent and reliable
  • Good verbal skills and possesses the ability to communicate in such a way that is clear and understandable with warmth and graciousness
  • Willing to be judged with greater strictness as a leader in the church (James 3:1)
  • Ability to lead 20 – 50 people

Additionally, coaching is a deacon role at Calvary Chapel Church and therefore the qualifications of a deacon from Acts 6:1-7 and 1 Tim. 3:8-13 apply:

  • Worthy of respect
  • Sincere – Not indulging in much wine (self controlled and without addictions)
  • Not pursuing dishonest gain
  • Keeping hold of the truths of faith with a clear conscience
  • Tested and affirmed
Responsibilities

Shepherd: Care for the leaders in your huddle (reference Coaching Guide in Appendix)

  • Shepherd leaders in areas of spiritual, family, vocational and physical health
  • Coach leaders in their shepherding of their groups
  • Address appropriate levels of care and discipline within groups in your care.

Missiologist: Coach your leaders to engage in the mission

  • Own the mission, replication and leadership development for your groups
  • Coach leaders in opportunities to engage in the neighbourhood
  • Participate in prayer for your neighbourhood
  • Challenge and help leaders think through alternative rhythms
  • Mobilise groups for cooperative hospitality, service, and participation events
  • Work with your head coach to develop the Neighbourhood Plan (see Appendix)

Administrator: Organise and plan so that your groups function well together in your neighbourhood.

  • Provide accountability for leader’s maintenance of community groups (see Appendix)
  • Ensure each group has a Group Plan that is aligned with the Neighbourhood Plan (see Appendix)
  • Track and ensure apprentice leadership in each of your groups
  • Help Develop, review, and approve Replications Plans for each of your groups (see Appendix for Replication Plan)

Development: The ongoing development and equipping of you as a coach can be broken down into 2 opportunities:

  • Boot Camps /Equipping Events: yearly or quarterly training sessions.
  • Coaching: Your Head Coach relationship is your perpetual on call resource for help and assistance.
Head Coach/Pastor: Orientation toward coaches and neighbourhood

Note: Churches may not have a Head Coaching role until group density dictates. Church context and density will dictate scope of this role.

Qualifications
  • Mature and growing disciple of Jesus, and well grounded in scripture
  • Active ‘member’ of Calvary Chapel Secret Harbour
  • Committed to the purpose and reflects the values of Calvary Chapel as outlined in the Calvary Chapel Distinctives by Chuck Smith
  • Genuine love for people with demonstrated relational skills
  • Ability to both challenge and encourage others in their walk with the Lord
  • Humble demeanor and teachable spirit; consistent and reliable
  • Good verbal skills and possesses the ability to communicate in such a way that is clear and understandable with warmth and graciousness
  • Willing to be judged with greater strictness as a leader in the church (James 3:1)
  • Ability to lead 50-150 people

Additionally, head coaching is a deacon role at Calvary Chapel Church and therefore the qualifications of a deacon from Acts 6:1-7 and 1 Tim. 3:8-13 apply:

  • Worthy of respect
  • Sincere
  • – Not indulging in much wine (self controlled and without addictions)
  • Not pursuing dishonest gain
  • Keeping hold of the truths of faith with a clear conscience
  • Tested and affirmed
Responsibilities

Shepherd: Care for the coaches in your neighbourhood (reference Coaching Guide in Appendix)

  • Shepherd coaches in areas of spiritual, family, vocational and physical health
  • Help coaches in their shepherding of their leaders
  • Address appropriate levels of care and discipline within groups in your neighbourhood.

Missiologist: Lead the mission in your neighbourhood

  • Develop a Neighbourhood Plan with the help of your coaches and leaders
  • Lead your neighbourhood in prayer for the advancement of the gospel
  • Own mission, replication and leadership development for your neighbourhood
  • Insure mission ownership throughout your neighbourhood.
  • Mobilise groups for cooperative hospitality, service, and participation events.

Administrator: Organise and plan at the neighbourhood level to ensure progress toward stated goals

  • Provide accountability for coach’s maintenance of the Community Group’s progress.
  • Ensure progress toward goals set in your Neighbourhood Plan (see Appendix for plans)
  • Track and ensure apprentice leadership and Replication Plans are set up in your neighbourhood.
Development
  1. Pastor Relationship: Your relationship with your overseeing pastor is your perpetual on call resource for help and assistance