From Host to Spiritual Leader

The Host Home Strategy is transforming a new wave of leadership.

Christ's Church is consistently transforming and adapting to meet the needs and desires of people today. This continual change is seen vividly in small group ministries. It influences the way small groups are initially formed, then sustained, and eventually replicated. Small group leadership needs are also affected by these changes as well as by factors such as the dynamics of the local church body, the makeup of the small group participants, and ever changing cultural influences. One of the latest methods for starting and sustaining small groups, which has directly impacted small group leadership, is called the "Host Home Strategy." This article will focus on the effect this strategy can have on transforming a new wave of leadership.

The Host Home Strategy has been formulated and popularized within the last five years. It has had a profound effect on birthing new small groups and connecting people who may never have considered participating in a small group before. This strategy involves a church-wide emphasis aimed at encouraging people to become "hosts" of a short term DVD driven study in their home. During this period (often six-weeks), the Sunday morning sermons are aligned with the same topic each host home will be discussing in their small group that week. Hosts are recruited, trained, and sent out to invite other people to join them in this short term pursuit. Because of the increased focus and momentum, everyone from early adaptors to late adaptors are drawn in to share the experience as an entire body of believers.

Vast numbers of churches have had an opportunity to experience the Host Home Strategy multiple times. The result is that new attention is being given to what small group ministries have learned collectively. ...

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