Small Group HOSTs

Small Group HOSTs

One of the key ingredients for any small group is having someone who is willing to take the lead, organize, and facilitate the group discussion. We like to refer to this person as the small group HOST. If you are a follower of Christ who places a high value on community and you desire to see others grow spiritually, then we encourage you to prayerfully consider applying to become a Small Group HOST.

What is a small group HOST?
They are someone who is willing to do the following:
H eart for others
O pen up their home
S erve a snack
T ell others about the group

What are the requirements to be a HOST?

  • Have a personal, growing relationship with Jesus Christ (preferably for two years or more)
  • A HOST must be a member of Olive Branch or commit to starting the membership courses (101) within 90 days
  • Recognize the Bible as the authority for their lives
  • Preferably have been in a small group in the past
  • Have the time, emotional capacity, and moral discernment to lead a group
  • Leader must not have current habitual struggles or moral issues (drugs, alcohol, cohabitation, etc.) that would bring shame on the name of Jesus Christ or on Olive Branch
  • In addition, there must not be any current serious marital struggles (e.g. infidelity, separation, divorce in process, etc.)
Do I need to be a “Bible Expert” to become a HOST?
Definitely not! The most important things that you need are a desire to serve the members of
your group and to grow in your own personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When you take this
step of faith, through prayer, God’s Holy Spirit will give you what you need to be an effective HOST. Olive Branch has many video curriculums available for you to borrow that provide expert
teaching to your small group. Your host responsibility is to facilitate the discussion around that
teaching using provided resources.
I’d like to be a HOST but should I wait until I have more experience?
If you have a willing heart, a VCR/DVD player, and a few open seats in your living room, you are
ready to be a HOST. Olive Branch’s small group material and recordings are “plug and play” so
that any one with any level of experience can lead a successful group. If you take our basic
Leader Training 1 course, our pastors and instructors can help equip you to successfully host a
small group. Every small group host is assigned a Small Group Community Leader who is your point of
contact to Olive Branch’s small group community and is the source of help, information, and
resources to help you.

What are the requirements to be a small group leader at Olive Branch?

  • A leader must have completed CLASS 101.
  • A leader must commit to completing all remaining membership classes (201, 301 and 401) within 12 months
  • A leader must complete Leader Training 1 and agree to implement the Leader Values on the Leader Application
  • A leader must be able to answer that there are no problems with the following areas:
    1. Leader must not have current habitual struggles or moral issues (drugs, alcohol, cohabitation, etc.) that would bring shame on the name of Jesus Christ or on Olive Branch
    2. In addition, there must not be any current marital struggles (e.g. infidelity, separation, divorce in process, etc.)
    3. Finally, the leader must support Olive Branch’s Statement of Faith without any reservation or addition

How do I take the next step & start a group?

Let us know you’re interested by contacting Justin Ristow, our Small Groups Pastor, at [email protected].