Bye-Bye Coaches

How we moved to a more relational small group support system

In July, I wrote,

I have come to a place and time in my ministry where I just want to simplify everything. … So we are transitioning our small group ministry, getting rid of some of the "structural requirements" that only served to hinder ministry in the past (for instance, we recently gave all our coaches their "pink slips" and replaced that structure with a more relational "Peer-to-Peer" huddle concept … but that's for another article).

This is "another article." Let's start with some definitions.

"Peer to Peer"

At Northeast Christian Church, "Peer-to-Peer" huddles consist of three leaders who are at about the same maturity and skill level. They already have a relationship with one another. Many are good friends. Some work in the same office building and/or for the same company, while others serve together in weekend-focused ministries at Northeast. They support one another in the natural ebb and flow of their existing relationship. We have not added one more relationship to their already busy lives or another meeting to attend. I ask them to ask each other three questions on a regular, consistent basis: (1) How are you doing? (2) How is your group? (3) How can I be praying for you? They share the good things going on in their groups, new ideas they are trying, issues for concern, and names of people who need prayer. At leadership training events (which we call Leader Roundtables) peers sit at the same tables together so they have even more time to share.

"P2P Captains"

Each Peer to Peer (P2P) has a "captain" who takes the main responsibility for making sure the peers are communicating and caring for one another. The captain is also a liaison between the leaders and the Life Groups Ministry Team. P2Ps can ...

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