I currently serve as the Interim Minister of Education at First Baptist Church of Moore, OK. Upon the beginning of my interim, I realized that the church had gone a long time without written expectations of the leaders of its LifeGroups (Sunday School). I met with the married and single adult department directors every Wednesday night for three months, most of this time was spent developing a Leadership Covenant with them. Rather than give them a covenant and ask them to agree and sign it, instead we developed the covenant together.
Here’s what we put together:
As a LifeGroup leader, I agree to the following…
I have a personal relationship with Christ; I have been biblically baptized; and I am an active member of First Baptist Church.
I recognize that what happens in my inner life is eventually expressed in my outer life. I will be a person of spiritual discipline, prayer, Bible study, meditation, and personal growth.
Family is vital to God’s Kingdom. I will be a devoted spouse if married and a devoted parent to my children.
People model their leaders, and leadership is a spiritual endeavor. I commit to grow in my relationship with Christ through personal evangelism, giving, serving, and disciple-making.
Right doctrine leads to right behavior. The Bible is the only true source of doctrine. I also understand and support the Baptist Faith and Message and will teach and lead in a manner that supports the doctrine and beliefs of First Baptist Church.
To grow a healthy, spiritual community in my LifeGroup.
To lead this LifeGroup for a period of one year, unless providentially led to leave.
Bible study is a core principle of First Baptist. I will use curriculum that has been pre-approved by the leadership of First Baptist Church.
I will be prepared for every LifeGroup meeting and give priority to leading the LifeGroup in my schedule.
I recognize that I am part of a team. I will participate in LifeGroup Leadership meetings and events.
Strategy LifeGroup is a primary strategy for evangelism and discipleship at First Baptist. I will cooperate with the church leadership so that the group that I lead is contributing to the spiritual health of the church by focusing on five key expectations of my LifeGroup:
- Ministry: I will lead our LifeGroup to minister to every person in our group;
- New Groups: I will lead our LifeGroup to help our church start new groups;
- Mission: I will lead our LifeGroup to conduct at least one mission project a year;
- Bible study: I will lead our LIfeGroup to explore and apply the Bible to their personal lives, resulting in lifechange;
- Evangelism: I will lead our LifeGroup to be evangelistic by inviting friends and neighbors to our group; and as a group, to
lead at least one person to Christ this year.