Leadership Application

  • Thank you for your interest in serving as a small group leader.
    By stepping into a leadership role, you are stepping into a position of authority. Our attendees will watch you closely and take what you say seriously. And we think that is a good thing. Leaders should be role models. The challenge is that being a role model is all encompassing.

    As a role model, your lifestyle is part of the equation. How you present yourself on Sunday should be consistent with who you are in various ministry roles during the remainder of the week.

    In the past, that was all that needed to be said. There was consensus around what constituted consistency between a relationship with Jesus and life in general. As culture has changed, however, there is a need to be more specific. The four issues that surface the most have to do with sexual relationships, substance abuse, social media and use of personal information.

    The last thing we want to do is put you in a position where you feel pressure to teach, represent, or appear to give assent to a view on one of these subjects that you do not personally embrace. So on these four subjects, here is what we expect volunteers to communicate and model:

    REGARDING SUBSTANCE ABUSE If you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, this might be something God uses in a positive way to influence others to go in a different direction. If you feel that this is part of your journey, we would love to talk with you further. While we might disagree on the timing of your involvement, we don’t want to miss an opportunity to partner with what God is up to in your life.

    If you have been arrested for or convicted of an alcohol or drug related offense in the past twelve months, we ask that you not lead at this time. If you have used an illegal substance during the past twelve months, we ask that you not lead at this time. If consuming alcohol to the point of being unable to drive or to the point of it being illegal for you to drive yourself home is a regular part of your weekend or weeknight routine, we ask that you not lead at this time.

    REGARDING SOCIAL MEDIA The people we lead judge the credibility of our message by the content of our lives. Substance abuse and sexual integrity are but two areas they’ll watch; our financial stewardship, the way we engage with politics, our social media practices, how we treat our families, and the way we respond to crises are some of the other things they’ll notice.

    The participants in your ministry will visit your Facebook page. If you blog or maintain a Twitter account, some in your group will opt to keep up with you through those mediums as well. While social media can be a great connection tool, it also serves as a window into your life beyond your ministry involvement. In light of that, we ask that you leverage social media with your ministry participants in mind. We realize this is a judgment call.

    REGARDING USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION The people we lead will judge how we respect and utilize the personal information they have shared. The participants in your group or ministry will desire their information (phone numbers, email, address) be kept private among your team, and to be utilized for Group communication purposes only. While having a group roster can be a great connection tool, it also serves as a conduit for businesses, personal mission trips and other requests from team members and leaders. In light of this, we ask that you honor this confidentiality statement and provide the statement below when sending out rosters to your team.

    DCC Group Member Information Policy: The group rosters are confidential and for the sole use of DCC small group communication. The information contained in these rosters is not to be used for chain letters or financial requests (such as mission trips, families in need, or personal needs). They are not to be distributed to parent companies or organizations, or used for personal business solicitations, advertising, or marketing of any services or products.

    If you have any questions regarding your specific situation and the requirements outlined in this document, please don’t hesitate to contact us.