small group leaders

Helpful Tools & recommended resources

Use the resources below to learn and grow as a Small Group Leader at Harvest. Remind yourself of our Small Group Philosophy, learn how to lead your group in Groups 101, learn how to go deeper in Groups 201, and learn how to care for the hurting in Soul Care.


New leaders are typically selected on the recommendation of their existing Small Group Leader along with the input of Coaches, Pastors and Elders. Rather than focusing on specific strengths or ministry experience, we are most concerned with a leader’s heart. We want spiritually healthy men and women who are committed to small groups.
Yes! As a leader, you can adjust your schedule to the dates that work best for your small group. However we would like for you to meet with your group three times a month to build momentum and take one week off as a rhythm of rest. Please report any adjustments you make to your Small Group Coach or Director.
Our primary content is the sermon curriculum (discussion based on the past week’s sermon). We often provide a church-wide study so all of our groups are moving in a similar direction. Some semesters, we offer options for leaders to choose from a variety of recommended resources. If you have a particular study that you want to do, please contact the Small Group Director.
While you are not responsible for meeting every need, you are typically the first person who is aware of what’s going on in your group. As you monitor the spiritual pulse and physical needs of your group, we want you to be ready to encourage your small group to respond in appropriate ways. Lean on your Small Group Coach for support and use the S.O.S. Tool and Fruit to Root tool to evaluate the level of care needed for specific situations.
We expect you to partner with your coach by informing up, sharing prayer requests, letting leadership know how your group is doing and tracking attendance. If something beyond your experience surfaces, reach out to your coach for guidance and help.
We encourage you to partner with other Small Group Leaders, Coaches, Pastors, especially if strong Soul Care is needed. Together, we have the same mission and serve the same people.
To help you grow as a Small Group Leader, we provide resources and regular training opportunities to strengthen and encourage you. From email communication and training at church to connecting with your Small Group Coach, we expect you to make all training opportunities a priority.