Leaders

The Vision

Small Groups exist to produce gospel-centered communities in Northwest Wisconsin that are nurturing disciples who make disciples and participate in God’s redemptive work in the world.”

Healthy Churches are defined by their relationship both with God and others. In smaller churches helping others to develop both relationship with God and others within the church happens in a more organic way. However, in larger churches structures are needed to help guide these relationships. Without structures in place, people begin to fall between the cracks and their relationship both with God and others suffer. At Hayward Wesleyan we believe that gospel-centered communities, called small groups, exist to ensure that we are becoming a community closely intertwined both with God and others. Our primary strategies of pastoral care, discipleship and disciple-making take place within our small group communities.

The Mission

To move Christian community faithfully and lovingly in four directions:

Upward

We are living out the gospel together. We do this by connecting to Christ through consistent, daily time with God, increasing the amount of prayer in group meetings, and praying with other members of the group during and in between meetings.

Inward

Connecting with other members outside of meeting times to become true friends. We stress serving others, asking for help and big favors, and learning to overlap their lives (shop together, hang together, eat together, exercise together, serve in a ministry that supports the Sunday gathering together, etc.)

Outward

Connecting with unchurched friends, family members, other students, neighbors, and coworkers. We encourage relating to unchurched people socially well before any invitation to a small group is extended. We regularly think outside our own needs and ask ourselves how this community can co-labor and participate in God’s mission to the world.

Forward

We believe that, like families, healthy communities will reach maturation and “grow up and move out of the house” when it comes to small group membership. Healthy groups train up disciples who leave groups so that they can start new groups. We challenge the members to abandon the “I like it here and don’t want anything to change” mentality because it promotes personal stagnation…the gospel provides deep community, but not relational cul-de-sacs.

What does a leader do?

Simply stated, small group leaders prayerfully and intentionally facilitate and shepherd the kind of community mentioned above. The leader moves the community in four directions: upward, inward, outward and forward ever keeping the gospel central to all that takes place. Small Group Leaders are the functional shepherds of these communities providing care, oversight, wisdom and encouragement to the members of the group. By no means are they the only leader or minister within the group. In fact, when groups are being well led, the leader of the group might be indistinguishable from the members because each member is playing his/her part and exercising his/her gifting within that small group community.

Leadership Structure

As stated earlier, larger churches necessitate more structure in order to care for the needs and growth of one another. However, at the same time, larger churches need to be especially conscientious of how systems and structures can become impersonal and mechanistic. Hayward Wesleyan has created a structure based on networks of strong interpersonal relationships. Below is how small groups operate and are structured in our church.

  • Small Groups are our primary strategy for ongoing discipleship within the church. People give love and receive the love of Christ in small groups. It is the place where believers of all maturities are encouraged to engage in the Scriptures, pray and challenged to live out the gospel week to week.
  • Small Groups are the front-line of pastoral care at Hayward Wesleyan. Each member takes on responsibility to care for the soul of the other within their community. This care is modeled first and foremost by the leader(s) of that small group community.
  • Group leaders are in turn encouraged and challenged regularly through their leadership huddle where they are deepening relationship with a handful of other leaders. Huddles are led by a “Huddle Coordinator” who is an experienced small group leader and able mentor and form a band with three to five small group leaders.
  • Huddle Coordinators in turn meet regularly and receive training, encouraged and challenged by Pastor Heath.

Within this infrastructure, the distance between any person in a small group and the pastoral staff is three short steps. This structure exists to provide a smaller church feel and to help proliferate biblical community at Hayward Wesleyan.

Small Group Leader Manual
Huddle Info Sheet
Huddle Meetings Template

HWC Information

PO Box 507
10655 Nyman Ave
Hayward, WI 54843

ph: (715) 634-4613
fax: (715) 634-7823

HWC Service Times

  • 8:00-8:45 a.m. MorningSong
  • 9:00 and 10:30am Services, nursery available
  • Youth & Children Ministry during the 10:30am service ONLY