STEP 1: REGISTER YOUR GROUP ONLINE.
Before you register, please consider:
Meeting day, time, and location
Co-leader(s) name and email (if applicable)
Names of people you already know are joining this group (if applicable)
Number of additional people you would like to add
Once you have that information, register your group using the buttons below. The registration deadline is Sunday, January 20.
STEP 2: SEND US A PHOTO.
We recommend posting a picture of you to add to your group description. If you are a group that includes people you have already asked to join this group, we recommend a group picture. (Photos are optional.)
The photo is due Sunday, January 20.
Email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3: INFORM ANYONE YOU HAVE ASKED TO JOIN YOUR GROUP.
Please inform anyone who has been asked to join your group that they do not need to register, since you will be providing us their information when you register your group. All group members should plan on attending the launch event, as this will be your new group’s first meeting.
Step 4: launch your group at the church.
Groups will have their first meeting at the church. Here are the dates:
Men’s Groups will launch on Thursday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Theater.
Women’s Groups will launch on Thursday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Attic.
Married Couples’ Groups will launch on Sunday, February 10, at 7 p.m. in the Attic.
LAUNCH YOUR GROUP
BEFORE THE LAUNCH
Contact your group members to give them a great first impression of your group. Here are a couple of tools to help with this process:
GROUP ROSTERS will be sent to leaders as soon as groups fill online. If a group still has openings, the roster will be sent weekly on Mondays and Thursdays.
EMAIL TEMPLATES are available for you to use. We recommend sending two emails to your group.
Welcome Email: Introduce yourself and initiate group connection. Send to people on your roster plus those you have already invited to join your group. (see template)
First Meeting Reminder: Send an email the week of your group launch to remind the group of the launch date and time. (see template)
AT THE LAUNCH
SCHEDULE for men’s & Women’s group LEADERS
6:15 p.m. – Leader and co-leader check-in and dinner in hallway outside Auditorium
6:45 p.m. – Leader information meeting
7:30 p.m. – Doors open
SCHEDULE for married couples’ group LEADERS
5:45 p.m. – Leader and co-leader check-in and dinner in hallway outside Auditorium
6:15 p.m. – Leader information meeting
7:00 p.m. – Doors open
What should I wear?
Wear whatever is most comfortable for you. We will provide you with a nametag that indicates you’re a leader.
Can my apprentice attend the leader dinner?
No, we ask that apprentices and group members arrive at the same time as your new members who signed up online. Leaders and co-leaders are invited to the leader dinner.
How will I know where my group will meet?
When you check in, we will provide you with a nametag that includes your table number.
What do I need to prepare in order to lead my group at the launch?
At the leader information meeting, we will provide everything you need to launch your group. During the launch event, a host will be on stage to guide you through the evening.
Will more people be added to my group at the launch event?
We will only add people to your group if you still have openings and want to add more. Walk-ins are welcome to attend the launch event. We will connect walk-ins to groups that have openings.
Will childcare be provided at the launch event?
Childcare will not be provided, but we do supplement childcare expenses if a babysitter is needed in order to attend the event. Childcare supplement requests are submitted online.
AFTER THE LAUNCH
Your group's first study will be Circle Up. At the launch event, we will provide a guide for you and your group members. You can also find it on Anthology. Tips on leading the Circle Up study can be found at groupleaders.org/circleup.