How to Start Redemption Groups at your Church
The following overview will serve as a road map to for building Redemption Groups at your church.
If you’re an individual, interested in Redemption Groups for your own personal edification, read this instead.
Step 1: Get familiar with Redemption Groups and their curriculum
The structure of Redemption Groups:
- Here is a brief written description of Redemption Groups.
- Read the Redemption book, which serves as the curriculum.
- Have a look at some stories in the video gallery on our home page. Hear how some lives have been changed by God in Redemption Groups.
If you can attend an Immersion on the front-end of your development process, it is beneficial to get a clearer picture of what you’re about to build.
Step 2: Apply
Go to Application
We want to partner with churches and other ministries to help them equip their leadership teams to launch Redemption Groups. An essential part of that equipping is providing Redemption Group experiences. Time, trial and error and have shown that for leaders to lead Redemption Groups well, they need to go through a Redemption Group themselves first.
The primary way we offer Redemption Group experiences for new ministries, is through a Redemption Group Immersion. Because space is so limited at Immersions, we want to ensure that our partners are placed first. These are churches and ministries who have comprehensive plans for equipping leaders and preparing their churches to launch Redemption Groups. Dr. Bob Kellemen has written an excellent, step-by-step guide for this planning and development process: Equipping Counselors for your Church.
When applying, you’ll need to identify a Site Leader. The Site Leader is the ministry leader responsible for the Redemption Groups ministry at your organization. The Site Leader, along with other leaders from your organization, would need to receive a leadership recommendation at an Immersion. The Site Leader also needs to be the primary person who understands how to build, maintain, and grow the ministry.
If you are part of a multi-site church, please refer to these multi-site requirements.
Once your application is approved, we’ll add you to the waiting list to be trained at a Redemption Group Immersion. (In some cases, we may be able to connect you with churches in your area who also run Redemption Groups—your team may be able to get Redemption Group experience by partnering with another ministry for a season). In the meantime, you should be recruiting and training leaders as biblical counselors, which brings us to the next step.
Step 3: Train
Ministries seeking to launch Redemption Groups should expect to spend six to twelve months preparing their leaders and organizations, including trying to run leader trainees through two to three group cycles before leading.
The Redemption Group Immersion could fall anywhere within that training period. While training at an Immersion is required before launching Redemption Groups, you are expected to be developing your leaders before and after the Immersion.
At the Immersion, your leaders will receive feedback and a leadership recommendation from their group leaders, using a feedback form like this. Normally, to launch Redemption Groups, you’d have at least two men and two women, including the Site Leader, receive a recommendation to lead before you launch your groups.
Step 4: Launch
Churches who successfully implement their training plans are granted a license to use the group materials, name and branding.
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