Rockford Reformed Church Leadership Principles

Classes, Clubs, Meetings, & Events

God is a God of Order. Christ gave the church for teaching, guiding, and growing his people spiritually. The apostle Paul instructs, “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). Conducting God’s work requires planning and preparation. Clearly outlined expectations remove apprehension, build accountability, and set direction. Record keeping allows for continuous assessment of efforts and efficient use of resources. Organization does not confine the leader or volunteer, but provides a framework that allows for the liberty of the Holy Spirit to work (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Approach to Leadership

Leading and serving others through organization

  • Vision: Think ahead. Begin planning with our vision, mission, goals, and core values in mind.
  • Preparation: Be well prepared through careful research, diligent planning, and prayer. Keep end goals in mind.
  • Pre-Lesson Study and Reflection: Personally work through the lesson or teaching to gain a deeper personal understanding prior to presentation.
  • Pre-Prayer: Meet with all involved leaders and volunteers 15 minutes prior to start of programming to praise and present requests to God through prayer.
  • Time Management: Start and end on time; be punctual.
  • Attendance-Absences: Tracking is required. (see Attendance Worksheet)
  • Dress: Dress with respect for God, others, and yourself.
  • Materials: Carefully research and select materials ahead of time and according to age and age restrictions. (see Care & Safety Policy: Selection of Materials – page 14; see Media Consent Form)
  • Order: Create, provide, and follow an agenda to set clear expectations.
  • Building Use: Contact the church office; fill out building request form.

Leading fellowship activities

Christians are united in the Spirit through Christ, our witness, to the Father. This unity is the foundation of fellowship (John 17:23). True Christian fellowship sharpens one another’s faith and energizes one another to exercise that faith in love and service for God’s glory.
  • Selecting fellowship activity: As a courtesy to others, activities should be selected ahead of time and a format established. The interests, likes, dislikes, and age appropriateness of the individual or group should always be taken into consideration. Participation is always optional and without pressure. Safety standards should be adhered to at all times. (see Care & Safety Policy)
  • Promoting Godly sharing during fellowship: To ensure that conversation and activity is centered on Christ, prepare leading and thoughtful questions, topics, or ideas for sharing ahead of time. Sharing about family, faith experiences, favorite scripture, application of biblical lessons, answered prayer, blessings, and spiritual development goals are a few ideas.

Leading small groups, classes, and studies

A small group is God’s group, not the leader’s. God desires you to disciple others and will give you the ability if you ask him. Keeping Christ at the center will draw people closer to him and bless everyone in the group. (see How to Maximize Group Discussion)