Women's Core Groups
When & Where
We will open signup's for women interested in joining one of our new Core Groups August 28.
to fill out your interest form.
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WHAT IS A WOMEN'S CORE GROUP?
Women's Core Groups are small groups designed to create a safe place for women to connect at a deeper level. Where Friendships are formed and belonging is found. A place where you are encouraged to show up and be yourself. Where women celebrate each other’s success and find comfort during the challenging seasons of life. The focus of Women's Core Groups is to develop connections with other women. Having a group of ladies to stand with you, cheer you on or just believe with you, makes the journey more enjoyable.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A CORE GROUP?
Groups initially commit to meeting regularly for 8 months (October - May). This consistency builds trust and momentum vital to deepening relationships. Some groups go on meeting for years, but how long they last is decided by the women in the group. We ask women to be faithful in attending during the 8-month season they are a part of the group. As with many things in life, women often find they receive value from these groups in proportion to their participation.
WHEN AND HOW OFTEN DO THEY MEET?
Groups meet once a week and require an active commitment to attend regularly. Meeting days and times are flexible based on each leader of a group.
HOW BIG ARE THEY?
Most groups are 6 to 10 women. Vulnerability and commitment to each other create connection and intimacy. To encourage deep relationships and intimacy, groups have no more than ten women.
WHAT IS THE AGE OF WOMEN IN GROUPS?
Each group is different. Some are comprised of young women; some of seniors; others in their middle years; some have a wide range of ages together. You can select a group that best fits you.
STRUCTURE AND TIME COMMITMENT OF GROUPS
Core Groups meet once a week and require an active commitment to attend regularly for at least 8 months. Meeting days and times are flexible based on the desire of the individual group.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN A WOMEN'S CORE GROUP?
Women of any age! Groups are, however, for Bethel local attenders and members only. Women's Core Groups are not currently open to BSSM students, but we welcome spouses of BSSM students that are not attending school.
CORE VALUES FOR GROUPS
We flow within Bethel’s core values and have core values unique to our purpose:
- Authenticity: being real about who we are and what we think, including our unique spiritual identities.
- Vulnerability: openness about our strengths and weaknesses, mistakes, joys and fears.
- Safety: confidentiality that holds in trust the deep places of one another's hearts, respect that does not push for disclosure, and honor that loves even in unlovely places.
- Commitment: individually prioritizing consistent connection during the season of participating in a group.
WHEN AND HOW CAN I JOIN A GROUP?
If you are a member or regular attender of Bethel local church in Redding, we encourage you to fill out an interest form available on August 28. Groups start meeting the first week of October 2021. Click here to fill out the interest form to let us know that you would like to join a group.
BECOMING A WOMEN'S CORE GROUP LEADER
What is the Job of a WCG Leader?
The primary job of WCG leaders is to create and maintain a culture that facilitates connection and creates a safe place for vulnerability. Leaders lead the way, and serve as shepherds for their sisters in the group.
We Lead Together
Leadership is not easy. Servant leadership, the model Jesus gave us, is harder still. Leading together is a foundational principle in our core groups. That means that WCG leaders commit to being part of a monthly leader’s meeting and the larger network of WCG leaders. Our group leaders meet monthly to build connection, encourage one another, and receive ongoing support and training. In our leader group, we grow together as friends, encourage one another and learn together so we can serve our members with excellence.
Steps to Women's Core Group Leadership
► First: Be in relationship with the Lord. That’s an obvious foundation. If there are serious questions in your heart about your relationship with the Lord, we ask that you resolve those before applying for leadership.
► Second: Have a heart to serve your sisters as a Mark 9:35 leader, the last of all and the servant of all. Jesus was pretty clear with the disciples about this. This kind of leadership was counter-cultural then, and it’s counter-cultural now, but for Jesus' followers, it’s how we roll.
► Third: Be a committed part of our monthly leader's group and training.
► Fourth: Be in agreement with the core values of Bethel https://www.bethel.com/core-values/ and the core values of Women's Core Groups stated above. Finally, while we are happy to encourage women in other churches to develop Women's Core Groups in their communities, leadership at Bethel Redding is open only to our members and regular attenders.
NEXT STEPS | LEADER INTEREST FORM
If you meet these requirements and would like to take the next steps toward joining our tribe of leaders, we invite you to fill out an interest form at the link below. Once your interest form is submitted, check your email for an automated message from us and we will be in touch!
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