IGNITE Group Principles, Philosophy and Guidelines
Purpose: Authentic Community. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2). The law of Christ being stated in John 13:34 – “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
Value: Fellowship of Believers. “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Not just a Bible study group, an ignite group is part of a relational ministry wherein every member is cared for and finds a safe environment to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Everyone should appreciate being part of a family and find love, nurture and support. Ignite groups "ignite" believers and followers of Jesus Christ in their commitment and participation in the bigger church body through the close relationships experienced in a smaller group setting.
Everyone belongs to a loving family where one can serve and be served.
Ignite Group Leader.
The leader is more a facilitator or a host of Ignite group gatherings.
The leader can also occasionally teach if willing and able but can invite someone from the pool of available teachers at any time.
It is the leader’s responsibility to connect with the group members regularly during the week.
The leader will keep the group members abreast or updated of the latest programs and activities of the bigger body at CrossWind.
The leader will provide pastoral care in following up with members in need of prayer and visitation or who have been absent from Sunday service for some time (3 weeks).
The leader, along with the assistant will come up with creative ideas for recreational activities and program for the Ignite gatherings.
The leader will direct group discussions.
The leader will be the main proponent of every Ignite member’s participation in the Sunday service/congregational worship.
Planning visitation of group members is a responsibility of the Ignite leader. In some cases, he may ask a pastor of CrossWind to assist in areas of counseling of a group member.
Ignite Group Naming – Each Ignite Group will come up with their own name.
Frequency of Ignite gatherings.
The minimum frequency is once a month but groups can meet as often as they want to (weekly, bi-weekly, etc).
Conduct of Ignite gatherings.
The Ignite group gatherings should start with prayer.
Although encouraged, Bible study is not required in any Ignite meeting. Bible studies need to be taught by someone from the teachers’ pool.
Discipleship can be part of the Ignite gatherings but any discipleship activity has to comply and conform to CrossWind’s main discipleship program.
Meals will be a highlight of gatherings.
Where possible, times of praise and worship are encouraged. Groups that do not have a musician and desire to have one for a certain gathering can request the worship pastor to assign someone.
Recreational activities like movie nights, bowling, etc. are ideal in the Ignite group gatherings.
Visitations to group members who are sick and in need of prayer will be done by the Ignite groups.
Special projects like fundraisers and missions/outreach activities are encouraged.
Although Ignite Groups are primarily intended for official and unofficial members of CrossWind, new people should be welcome into the groups. New people will fall under the following categories:
Non-believers – The Ignite group leader should be sensitive and mindful of people who have not received Christ. The Ignite group should purposely work on winning them to Jesus Christ. This can be done by sharing the gospel through “The Green Book” and the life testimonies of individual group members. Pastors and leaders of the church should be invited for a gospel presentation if necessary.
Believers seeking a church home – The Ignite group leader should make these people aware of the groups’ connection to the bigger body at Crosswind. The Ignite group members should actively invite these folks to attend our Sunday services. The Ignite group members should ease in these folks who attend the services so they feel welcome and easily assimilated into the bigger body.
CrossWind members with no Ignite groups – The Ignite group leader should openly welcome these folks into the group. In cases where necessary, the leader should be sensitive to point them to other groups where they most fit in on the basis of proximity and needs. It is a general rule however, to embrace anyone from the church who joins the group and feels comfortable to be part of it.
Pool of Teachers – The pastors of CrossWind and other members of this group can be invited to teach in the Ignite groups in some of their gatherings depending on their availability.