Because life is better connected.

May 2–3, 2016

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 The re:group Conference is a chance for your Groups team to regroup on your strategy for creating a vibrant Groups culture in your church.

Andy Stanley and Clay Scroggins will lead our main sessions. Our 25 breakouts (10 of them are brand new) will focus on practical topics like leader enlistment and development, spiritual formation, and curriculum strategy. Conference attendees will also receive a three-week training module that equips volunteer leaders to read, understand, and apply the Bible. The module includes everything you need to implement it at your church.

We look forward to equipping and encouraging your team to develop volunteers and grow your Groups ministry in its next season.

re:group... because life is better connected.


Schedule

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Late Registration
8:30–10:00 am
Main Session 1
10:00–11:30 am
Lunch
11:30–1:00 pm
Breakout #1
1:00–2:15 pm
LEADING GROUP LEADERS

Leaders are the key ingredients in the success of groups. But how do you lead leaders well? This breakout offers practical advice for improving the way you coach and care for group leaders, whether your groups ministry is lead by one volunteer or an entire paid staff.

DEVELOPING A SMALL GROUPS STRATEGY

Why did you create a groups ministry? It’s an important question to consider. Whatever your reasons, they influence several key principles for developing a groups strategy. In this breakout, we’ll show you how to leverage those principles regardless of the size or specifics of your ministry.

COMMUNITY FOR EVERYONE

If we want everyone to experience life-changing community, that means making space in groups for people with a variety of lifestyles and theological beliefs. How do we create avenues for community for dating couples living together? How do we help LGBT people experience a growing relationship with Jesus through community? In this breakout, we’ll explore what we’re learning as we try to move a diverse population from rows into circles.

BRANDING GROUPS

You have a vision for what groups at your church should be. But does the reality for groups members match your vision? A successfully branded groups ministry will help reality match your intentions. In this breakout, we’ll explore our groups branding process and the strategy this process created.

A STARTING POINT FOR UNCHURCHED PEOPLE

If the church is supposed to be a place that attracts people who are far from God, we have to give those people a safe and easy first step to having meaningful conversations about faith. In this breakout, we’ll introduce you to principles that will help you create helping and compelling next steps for those who are curious about God, new to faith, or returning to church after being away for a while.

Break
2:15–2:45 pm
Breakout #2
2:45–4:00 pm
COMMUNITY GROUP LEADER ORIENTATION

What's the best strategy for teaching new volunteer leaders the fundamentals of leading a group? In this breakout, we'll tell the story of developing our Community Group Leader Orientation—what failed, what succeeded, and an “aha” moment that completely changed our approach to training leaders.

SETTING REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR YOUR GROUP

What we think community should be and what it actually is don’t always match. Overselling the typical group experience while underpreparing group leaders and members can leave people disillusioned with community. In this breakout, we’ll equip you to create alignment between your vision and reality, and then communicate clear and realistic expectations for both leaders and group members.

GROWING MEN

Men are notoriously difficult for the church to reach. But if you can get the man, you’ll get the marriage, the family, and the marketplace. In this breakout, we’ll share what we’re learning about how to connect, challenge, and develop men.

DEVELOPING A SPIRITUAL GROWTH STRATEGY

We all want to be part of ministries that are facilitating authentic growth for adult attendees. To do that, we need strategies that are easily transferable so they can be passed along to staff, group leaders and group members. That kind of strategy requires clarity around four key questions. Join us as we unpack those questions and provide you with a filter to think through your own growth strategy.

CONNECTING ADULTS INTO GROUPS

How do you get adults to take a first step into small groups? Offering different ways to connect can make that first step easier by better meeting the needs of a wider variety of people. In this breakout, we’ll talk about how environments such as GroupLink and Short-Term Groups are strategic first steps for adults.

Break
4:00–4:30 pm
Breakout #3
4:30–5:45 pm
SHORT-TERM GROUPS STRATEGY

What do you do to reach people who are skeptical about joining a group? In this breakout, we’ll explore how Short—Term Groups offer a taste of long—term community.

MEASURING YOUR MINISTRY’S PROGRESS

Measuring ministry effectiveness is the only way to know if you’re making progress. But how do you know if you’re asking the right questions and gathering the right data? In this breakout, we’ll show you what our ministry dashboards look like and how the information we gather reflects and influences our progress.

RECRUITING AND APPROVING VOLUNTEER LEADERS

The health of your groups ministry rises and falls on the quality and quantity of your volunteer leaders. How do you find leaders? How do you interview, vet, and approve them? How high should you set the bar of leadership? What do you do when there’s a shortage of qualified leaders? In this breakout, we’ll share what we’re learning as we wrestle with these questions.

THEOLOGICALLY EQUIPPING GROUP LEADERS

How do you equip volunteer leaders theologically so they can lead their groups well? This breakout will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Theopraxis, a series of three-week training modules that combines content with conversation in order to equip volunteer leaders in both their personal lives and spheres of influence.

NAVIGATING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS IN GROUPS

Even the most authentic and transparent groups experience challenging situations. When leaders know how to navigate those situations in healthy and humble ways, it sets everyone up to grow through difficulty and continue to thrive. In this breakout, we’ll explore how to create small group environments that embrace difficult situations.

Breakout #4
9:00–10:15 am
REACHING UNBELIEVERS IN THE WORKPLACE

Many Christians in the marketplace find the idea of talking to their co-workers about God awkward and intimidating. What if there was a simple way to equip your leaders to make a spiritual impact in the lives of their friends at work? In this breakout, we’ll talk about how we've created a nonthreatening workplace environment for people outside the faith to discover their best next steps in their spiritual journeys.

MOBILIZING SMALL GROUPS TO SERVE

We reflect God’s heart when we serve others. Small groups grow when they serve together. How do we cast a vision that makes serving compelling and attractive for our groups? In this breakout, we’ll share what we’re learning about equipping small groups to give, serve, and love in their communities.

BUILDING A TEAM

At some point, every ministry needs to expand its staff team. The people you choose are more important than the system you use. How do you find and hire the right people? In this breakout, we’ll share what we’ve learned about building healthy, effective teams.

TRAINING LEADERS TO ENGAGE CULTURE

From politics to sexuality, there are many topics where culture and faith intersect. How we think about those topics is as important as what we think about them. In this breakout, we’ll explore how to equip leaders to walk alongside people who have different points of view.

DEVELOPING A SMALL GROUPS STRATEGY

Why did you create a groups ministry? It’s an important question to consider. Whatever your reasons, they influence several key principles for developing a groups strategy. In this breakout, we’ll show you how to leverage those principles regardless of the size or specifics of your groups ministry

Break
10:15–10:45 am
Breakout #5
10:45–12:00 pm
DEVELOPING LEADERS WHO LEAD WELL

Finding effective leaders is an ongoing challenge for most groups ministries. Simple, clear systems in which leaders are trusted and encouraged go a long way toward building a healthy leadership culture. In this breakout, we’ll explore how that kind of culture produces more leaders than traditional recruiting methods.

COMMUNITY FOR EVERYONE

If we want everyone to experience life-changing community, that means making space in groups for people with a variety of lifestyles and theological beliefs. How do we create avenues for community for dating couples living together? How do we help LGBT people experience a growing relationship with Jesus through community? In this breakout, we’ll explore what we’re learning as we try to move a diverse population from rows into circles.

STUDENT GROUPS MODEL

Student groups are different than adult groups, and they require a different approach. Using our middle school groups model as an example, this breakout will explore how the unique demands of adolescence and early adulthood influence our approach to helping students create community.

ORIENTING & DEVELOPING YOUR SMALL GROUPS TEAM

For a groups ministry to succeed, everyone has to move in the same direction. In this breakout, we’ll take a look at a relational model for equipping new staff members with the vision, mission, and strategy they need to shepherd volunteers effectively.

ROUND TABLE Q&A

One of our favorite parts of re:group is having conversations with attendees. We love to learn from you as well as share what we’ve learned. The Groups Staff Table Conversation is an opportunity to connect with others in groups ministry.

Lunch
12:00–1:30 pm
Main Session 2
1:30–3:00 pm


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