Bailey T. Hurley
Developing and Leading a Life-Giving Small Group
3-months, Limited to 6 people
"I'll help you lead and serve your small group for lasting and fruitful community."
Starts January 14th
Question you’re asking: Is this for me?
My goal is to help those of you who’ve felt unprepared or ill-equipped to step forward in leading a small group. Perhaps you’ve led a small group before and have felt burn out, or encountered other barriers that have kept your group from flourishing. Or maybe you are in the messy middle, struggling to build authentic relationships, connectedness, structure, and commitment with your group.
When you finish this course you will have a solid foundation to build authentic, healthy and faith-filled relationships within your small group as well as, the practical tools to lead confidently.
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Session 1: Leadership Styles that Transform People
We dive into leading small groups by assessing how our leadership styles best serve our communities. This session will clarify your strengths and your weaknesses to leading small groups as well as, provide you with a healthy leadership-style blueprint for lasting, fruitful community.
Reading: Discovering Your Leadership Style
Session 2: Creating a Vision for Your Small Group
Leaders create the culture for their small group, so it is important to know your core values and your overall mission. This session will include prompts to help you narrow down the specific vision for your small group and give you tools to communicate your vision to others. If you have already been leading a small group for some time, it is never too late to inspire the community with a solid vision.
Session 3: The Ins and Outs of Forming a Small Group
Whether you are just launching your small group or have been leading for some time, see this as your practical how-to create a sustainable structure for your small group. We will hit the refresh button on the theology of hospitality and address your current season of life so you can start strong.
Session 4: Fostering A Connected and Lasting Community
When many of our small groups are made up of Millennials, it can be tough to fight for their attention and commitment. Fostering connection and authentic relationships will help your small group dive deeper into the Word of God and live as biblical community should. This session will walk you through the purpose of biblical community and how we can live that practically in community.
Reading: The Company We Keep by Jonathan Holmes
Session 5: Sorting through Conflict and Accountability
Leading and serving people will always be coupled with conflict because we are imperfect people trying to do everyday life with each other. We will talk through examples of leader to leader, peer to peer, and group conflict to help you lead “above reproach,” protect the unity of the group and seek reconciliation amongst community members.
Session 6: Protecting Yourself from Burn Out and Other Leadership Warning Signs
All in all, leading is an exhausting role but my hope is for you to prepare yourself now for the task, so you can see finish well. This session will provide tools to protect ourselves from burn out or feeling bitter toward leading a small group. Whether it’s a semester, a year or three years we want to approach each week with full hearts.
Bailey T. Hurley is a community-builder who invites women to plant themselves firmly in God’s Word, so they can foster rooted community in their corner of the world. Over the last three years, she has built an online ministry that provides resources for women to flourish in their friendships and step confidently into their role as a community-builder.
She is involved with a variety of community-minded ministries (e.g., Amy Lively’s ministry, How to Love Your Neighbor and Friending Podcast) and has written for publications like Deeply Rooted Magazine, Grit & Virtue, Rising Tide Society, and Belong Magazine. Last year, Bailey founded a Christian creative community for women in the Colorado area called Composing Grace where she organizes a quarterly gathering for women all over the state. Community is kinda her jam!
Bailey holds an MA from Denver Seminary in leadership. She leads a small group with her husband, serving thirty men and women every week in their home. She also has a history of leading youth small groups, adult women small groups and camp staff small groups. Bailey lives in Denver, CO and enjoys spending time with her family. She is expecting a second baby mid-March.
Who is this for?
Women who are interested in leading a small group or are currently leading a small group. Any level of ministry or theology background. Any type of small group whether it is leading adult women, men and women, youth, church book club, etc.
What do I get?
6 live video development sessions as a group, 90-minutes each
3 additional recorded teachings (on off-weeks)
Private online community (via Slack) to collaborate with Bailey and group (6 people max)
3 30-minute one-on-one video coaching calls with Bailey
Monthly Mastermind Group with 2 other peers.
Access to video recordings of sessions.
What do I invest?
$799 one-time or $275/month
Participation on live group calls for at least 5 of 6 sessions
Engagement in ‘Slack’ online community, sharing questions, ideas, and goals
Read books or articles Bailey recommends for the sessions