LifePoint will launch a Church-wide Sermon and Small Group campaign on Aug 21 called “Unstoppable”  This will be a six-week DVD driven Small Group study with discussion materials that follow the weekly sermons. God is calling many people to step out and HOST a group for Unstoppable.  However we know that there may be questions or fears that you have about Hosting.  A friend of mine,  Mark Howell blogged the FAQs for his church, Below is the adaptation for LifePoint.

I’d like to be a Host, but should I wait until I have more experience?

If you have a willing heart, a DVD player, and a few open seats in your living room, you are ready to be a Host. The DVD and curriculum are “plug and play” so that anyone with any level of experience can Host a successful group.

Do I have to attend one of the Host Orientations?

YES.  Host Orientation will be offered on August 7, 14 and 21 at 8:15am on LifePoint Campuses. Attending ONE of them is required. You will receive some very important training and you will be given additional information that will enable you to pick up material for your group.

On which day of the week do we have to meet?

One of the great things about the “Unstoppable” study is that it fits with every person’s schedule. Pick the day and time that works best for you. For example, if Thursday nights are easy, open nights in your life, then you might want to Host your group on Thursday nights. A busy career couple might want to meet on Saturday mornings while a mom with kids in school might prefer a group that meets on a weekday morning. The typical time slot will be 1 1/2 to 2 hours. It is really up to you. Just pick a night to start and let the group decide from there.

How many weeks am I committing to?

Your commitment is to host the six-week study that accompanies Pat’s message series. You will also be encouraged to rotate the facilitator role to a different member each meeting. This helps grow other members and gives you a break. Healthy groups rotate overtime but not overnight. At the end of the six sessions each host will decide whether to continue with the group or help the group to identify a new leader.

What is the time requirement each week?

From start to finish, the average small group meeting lasts between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. As the Host, you might commit a little extra time between meetings each week to review the book and the leader material as well as to pray for your group members.

How long is the DVD session each week?

Though the group meeting will last between 1 1/2 and 2 hours, the video itself will be approximately 5 to 10 minutes in length. The rest of the evening will be spent using the curriculum that accompanies Pat’s message series.

How many people should I be expecting to accommodate?

We suggest inviting between 15-20 people. Then, after the first night, let the group invite some of their own friends. In our experience, about half of those who say they will come will actually come. An ideal number of people to have in a small group is 8-10. This allows for great interaction. If your group gets much larger you can break into groups to share and pray after the Bible study.

 Who will be in the group I will host?

We want you to start by inviting your 3-4 couples or 6-8 singles that are your friends! You can even ask them if they know anyone who would like to come. In addition, we would want you to be represented at GroupLink on Aug 14 & 21. This is your chance to meet other LifePoint attendees looking to join a Small Group.

What do I do with the new group that has formed?

As the Host, we are asking that you open your home to this new group for 6 short weeks. We ask that you show the DVD each week and help the group lead itself. We also hope that you will pray for this new group and each of the members individually. At the end of the six weeks we would hope that by rotating leadership weekly and challenging someone to step up and lead, 70 to 80% of the new groups will survive.

After the Unstoppable study is over, can I go back with my old group?

Some people decide to go back to their old group and other people decide to stay with the new group that formed in their home with their friends and neighbors. You can do which ever you feel God is leading you to do. Do not feel pressured to stay but prepare to leave well.

Will I be asked to continue Hosting this group after the six-week series?

We are SO grateful for your gift of 6 weeks. When your commitment is over, each Host will personally decide what their role will be with the group of friends that birthed in their home. It is our hope that some Hosts will choose to continue with their new group. If that’s not your plan, we hope you will help the group raise up a new leader and find a new place to meet and that you will come alongside them and mentor them so that they have a better chance of being successful. We strongly encourage you to rotate homes and hosting facilitation as well.

I live out of the area. Should we still consider being a Host home?

Yes! If you live out of the area we would still love to support you as a Host. Since it is unlikely that we will be able to provide you with a list of potential group members, we would encourage you to pray about which neighbors and friends you could invite to join you for 6 weeks.

How should we handle the childcare issue?

Ultimately, each host will decide how they will address the issue of childcare. Most groups enlist a LifePoint Student to serve as the group’s babysitter.  In return the group agrees to pay either the student’s camp cost for 2012 or pay her $5 per week per family. Other groups ask the members to find their own babysitters and attend the group by themselves with the children left at home with the sitter. There are many creative solutions and it is a great idea to address these up front with the people you are inviting. If you make it six weeks as a starter group without kids you will never go back to before.

I will be out of town during one of the weeks of the series. Any ideas?

Sure, on the night you will miss the group, simply plan on having others lead and facilitate the evening.

Do we need a large home to host?

Absolutely not! Most groups will end up with 10 to 12 people. If your group grows larger than that we’ll help you figure out how to make it work!

Will my name and number be posted for others to see?

Your name and area you will be meeting will be listed for the two weeks of GroupLink only.  GroupLink will be posted in the bulletin only on August 14 & 21 at Smyrna and Stewarts Creek Campus.

For more information from Mark Howell