Leadership Orientation and Training for New Leaders

Orientation and Training Overview

Orientation and Training will be done on a personalized basis.  There are parts of the orientation that all new LIFE Group leaders will need to go through, particularly as it relates to the specifics of our JourneyOn Discipleship strategy at Brentwood Baptist. Other components of training will be incorporated according to several factors: prior leadership roles at Brentwood Baptist, prior experience as a LIFE Group leader at any church, spiritual leadership qualities, spiritual maturity, skills, strengths, spiritual gifts, background, size of LIFE Group, etc.

In addition to a thorough understanding of how LIFE Groups operate within the Discipleship Structure at Brentwood Baptist, LIFE Group leaders should expect some of the following elements of orientation and training from our church:

  • Training resources (books, videos, articles, DVDs …) with some follow- up response.
  • A period of time when the candidate visits at least 2 different selected LIFE Groups with a prepared evaluation response form.
  • An assigned mentor- teacher for dialogue and feedback.
  • An opportunity to teach as a substitute, preferably in the mentor’s class or current LIFE Group which the candidate attends. Have the mentor critique and affirm the teacher candidate based on specific criteria.
  • A 90-Day Evaluation/Confirmation, after which the appropriate minister will meet with the candidate to review feedback from mentor, class members, etc.
  • Minimal expectation for on-going training (1-2 times per year).

Orientation and Training Steps and Checklist

After reviewing the Orientation and Training Overview, please complete the following steps as part of your LIFE Group Leader training: