Small Group Pastor / Director
Over 30 years ago, people started praying for a church to begin in Mukwonago that would reach out to people who are far from God. So a grassroots movement began amongst families from Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI). They prayed that God would
do something miraculous through a new church.
30 years later, in 2007, people came together for the first time at Elmbrook Church to dream of what God could do through a new church in nearby Mukwonago. 167 people showed up!
On January 6, 2008, Brooklife’s doors officially opened to the public at Clarendon Avenue Elementary School. God blew us away that first Sunday as over 500 people poured through the doors to see what was happening. On March 16, 2008, Brooklife
added a second worship service to allow for growth.
From day one, God performed many miracles. The staff continued to grow, many people returned to faith or found faith for the first time, house groups multiplied, and the kids and students ministries grew rapidly.
In July 2011 we moved into our permanent home, an old Walmart. After renovating 41,000 square feet, we saw significant growth and greater impact in the community. In February of 2017 we took the next step and now own the entire building and
the eleven acres the building sits on. We now reach 1100 people (kids, students, and adults) on an average weekend.
In October 2012, Brooklife launched its first church plant: Lakepoint Church in Muskego. It's the first of what we hope are many new churches.
Mukwonago is a growing bedroom community of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Most of our attenders work in Milwaukee or a surrounding suburb. While Mukwonago is a small town, it is also a meeting point for several communities in the surrounding area.
Thus, it provides limitless opportunities for a church to have a regional reach. We currently pull from multiple areas.
Brooklife itself has a broad range of people from various backgrounds. We are a multi-generational congregation. While we are very diverse in age, the most common age of our congregation would be families in their late 30’s-mid 40’s with kids.
Many people at Brooklife come from a Catholic or Lutheran background. We often hear that Christianity has come alive for them for the first time since being at Brooklife.
OUR MISSION AND VALUES
Becoming a community of high-impact followers of Christ
Our values flow out our mission statement. These 5 values are how we believe we will become a community of high-impact followers of Christ.
REACH people far from God
We are to do whatever it takes to help people find life in Christ. As a result, we will take risks, be innovative, and not be afraid to fail in order that we may most effectively speak to an ever-changing society. We must relate to people in
a way that they understand so that they can experience the new life Christ offers.
DO life together
We believe that true transformation only occurs in authentic community. It is not enough to simply attend church on Sunday morning. God wants us to “do life together.” This happens best in the context of smaller communities. It is in these
smaller communities (called house groups) that people are real with each other. They are places where we refuse to hide from each other but instead share our joys, struggles, doubts, and questions. Together we pray for, encourage, and challenge each other
to be more like Christ.
EMPOWER the next generation
God has called us to not only reach the next generation, but empower them to change the world around them. We believe that kids and students are not just the future of the church; they are the church. Thus, we will do whatever it takes to
bring them into a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. This includes equipping parents on how to spiritually nurture their children.
RELEASE resources in the community
If the church does not serve the community, it should close its doors. We are called to be a “city on a hill”, a place of hope and refuge. Thus, we must look beyond ourselves to serve the people outside the walls of the church. This is what
it means to love our neighbor. Our neighbor also includes those whom everybody else ignores: the poor, the forgotten, and the hopeless. We will be a church that serves our community with compassion understanding that Jesus says that He will judge his church
based on what we do for the "least of these".
MULTIPLY at every level
We believe that we must multiply ourselves at every level. At the individual level, we will be intentional about multiplying leaders, staff, and disciples. At the ministry level, we will seek to reproduce all of our ministries on a regular basis.
At the church level, we want to begin a church planting movement locally, nationally, and internationally.
SEVEN CHARACTERISTICS OF A HIGH-IMPACT FOLLOWER OF CHRIST
Self-feeder – You do not solely rely on the church for their spiritual growth but through daily spiritual practices (studying God’s word, prayer, etc) are growing into the likeness of Christ.
Connected in community –
You are in authentic relationship with other Christians through our groups who support, encourage, and challenge them in their spiritual journey.
Continually growing in character – You realize that you are not perfect and continually seek to become more like Jesus in all areas of your life. You are always growing.
Openhanded – You know that what you have is not yours, but God’s. So you use your time, your talents and your financial resources for his purposes, not yours.
Leaders at home – You understand that you are the pastor of your family. Thus, whatever shape your family takes, you take responsibility to point your family members to Jesus. You have a plan to do this and are intentional
about living it out.
Outward focused. – You know that Jesus calls us to those beyond the walls of the church. This includes three key areas:
- Sharing your faith with those far from God in their lives
- Showing the practical love of Jesus to those who are hopeless and helpless
- Understanding that you are part of the global church.
Risk takers – You know that following Jesus means living dangerously for him. You dream big dreams and go after them, believing that God will do the impossible through you. You see God change the world around you.
OUR CURRENT STATUS ON DISCIPLESHIP
Since Brooklife’s beginnings, house groups have been the core of our discipleship structure. In fact, prior to even beginning weekly worship services we launched 5 House Groups. Since day we have stated repeatedly, “If you can only be involved
in one thing at Brooklife, including Sunday worship, choose a House Group.” Quite simply, we believe strongly that transformation can only happen in the context of authentic community. From kids through senior adults our entire church has been based on a
small group format.
Over the years as the church has grown in size and complexity so has our groups ministry. Now, we talk about “groups” instead of just house groups. Our groups include house groups, but they also include specialized groups including women’s
groups (Mom2Mom, Thursday Night Study, Single Moms), Men’s Group (Valor), Special Friends (disability group), Divorce Care (Seasonal), and others. Currently we have around 700 adults involved in either a specialized group or House Group.
While overall the discipleship ministry is doing well, there are areas of growth including, but not limited to:
1) An easier and more strategic pathway for people to get involved in the discipleship process.
2) Better training and resourcing of group leaders on how to disciple their members to become “high-impact followers of Christ”
3) Even better and more effective care system
4) Helping bridge the gap between first-time attender (most likely from a Catholic/Lutheran background) to jumping into groups. Helping people learn the foundations of the faith and how to become self-feeders.
5) Getting groups to engage in service and outreach at a higher level.
SMALL GROUPS PASTOR / DIRECTOR
As we look at any staff member there are three key areas that are vital to success.
- Maintain a growing, healthy (although not perfect) relationship with God
- Lead with humility
- Devote yourself to accountability within the context of community. This includes being an active part of a small group.
- Be a spiritual leader at home
- Make relationships with your fellow staff and ministry leaders a high priority
- Live out the values of the Leadership Covenant (see next page)
- Believe in and promote the values and DNA of Brooklife Church
- Perform general pastoral duties as needed.
- Contribute regularly to the overall vision of Brooklife through the pastoral team
IMPORTANT NOTE: There are many ministries that fall under the Small Groups Pastor Role. This does not mean that this pastor is responsible to do these ministries. He or she is primarily responsible to equip leaders to do these ministries. In many
cases, there are solid leaders already in place.
- Develop leaders. Recruit and develop residents, interns, coaches, team leaders and team members. As pastors we are called to equip members of the congregation to do the work of service.
- Serve on the Lead Team with the Lead Pastor and other Associate Pastors.
- Develop a strategic pathway for people to become a “high-impact follower” from the first moment they step in the door.
This strategy should be clear and have easy “on-ramps” for people at all stages of their spiritual journey. In order for this to occur you will need to work with the Executive Pastor (and others) on issues of assimilation and follow-up.
- Lead and expand our groups ministries. This includes:
1) Care for the leaders/members of groups
2) Develop (or choose) curriculum that helps house groups develop the 7 markers of a “high-impact follower” of Christ in their members
3) Assess the current state of House Groups and Specialized Groups. Develop a system to most effectively get even more people involved in groups at Brooklife Church.
4) Oversee groups at Brooklife.
5) Recruit, equip, and train leaders for groups. Equip leaders to equip new leaders.
- Work with Next Gen Pastor on implementing @Home strategy of equipping people to be spiritual leaders at home.
- Oversee pastoral care ministries. This includes:
1) Develop of system of “high-touch” pastoral care to those in need
2) Training House Groups in how to be the first-line of care for people in need
3) Developing a team of people for care and visitations
4) Developing a system for responding to funerals (note: all pastors can and will help with these functions)
5) Be the point staff person for the professional counseling services offered.
- General pastoral duties as required.
“This team is my most important team”
While we each have a specific role and a team (or teams) that we oversee, our most important team is the pastoral team that pushes forward the mission & vision of the church. This has several implications:
- We will have collective and cascading goals for which we are all responsible.
- We will make sure that our individual ministry teams are in line with the overall vision and have cascading goals to support the overall goals of the church.
- We will put our personal agendas aside for the greater good and work collaboratively across all ministries of the church.
- We will participate in all major staff and Brooklife events.
“I will trust you and be real with you”
If we are to achieve the mission God has for us, we must have an environment of trust.
- Assuming the best in each other. We will always assume that each team member has the best interest of the team and church in mind. We will therefore talk to each other with the highest of respect.
- Creating an atmosphere of vulnerability. We will intentionally be real with each other about our struggles and disappointments without fear of judgment.
“I’ve got your back”
We must passionately guard each other’s:
- Time. This includes talking to a staff member before promising a congregant that they can meet with that staff member.
- Reputation. If someone complains about a staff member we will not agree with that person. Instead, we will defend our staff and encourage the person to speak directly to that staff member about the issue.
- Ministry. If someone asks about a ministry idea that is not under us, we will direct him or her immediately to the leader of that ministry. We will not comment on or commit to anything.
- Well-being. This includes encouraging one another to spend time with our family, and confronting one another if we are headed for burnout.
“I will debate ideas in private but defend them in public”
Healthy conflict is necessary if we are going to fully achieve the mission God has for us. So we will encourage debate over issues and strategies in meetings and discussions. At the end of each meeting, we will summarize what we have agreed
upon. When we leave the room we will also passionately support the decisions made by the team, even if we personally disagree with them.
In the event the course we have taken does not appear to be achieving the results we expected, will candidly bring the topic back to the team for further discussion and input to keep us from failing as a team.
“Let’s have some fun!”
God expects us to have joy in the journey, so we will maintain a relaxed, fun environment.
We will routinely take the time to celebrate and recognize our successes.
“You’re more than a co-worker and this is more than a job”
We will give everything to this mission because this is our church. We will take bold risks knowing that sometimes we will fail. We know that our team members will do the same. We therefore do not view them simply as co-workers, but also as
teammates, family members, and friends who join us on this journey.
“If I have an issue with you, I’ll go directly to you.”
Based on Matthew 18, when we have an issue with each other we will take the following steps:
- Assess the issue. Ask yourself, “Is this really an issue that needs to be addressed?” (Note: for those who naturally avoid conflict, please be careful not to use this question as an excuse not to address an issue)
- Go directly to the person right away. Never take the problem “down” to another person on staff, leaders at the church, or “vent” via social media or other means. (Note: we will not handle conflict via email)
- Speak honestly about the entire issue. This includes:
- Admitting any sins or mistakes you have committed in the process
- Saying everything (remember the final 10% is the most crucial but hardest to mention)
- Seek to reconcile, but give it time.
- If the problems still persists, approach that staff member’s supervisor, and together go back to the staff member to discuss the issue: If the issue is with your supervisor, please approach his or her supervisor.
- If the problem still persists, bring the issues to the elders.
“I am not an expert in everything”
We will recognize that God has put each of us on this team with distinct talents and gifts. As such, we need each other. Even in areas where we are considered experts, we will actively seek constructive criticism from our peers in order to
maintain a high level of excellence. Furthermore, we will respect and seek each other’s opinions, insights, and help in areas where we are not experts. We will be careful with our pride, and how/when we give advice.
“They shall become one flesh”
If married, our spouses’ will not be viewed as employees of Brooklife (unless they are), but will be seen as a core part of our community. Therefore, it is assumed that spouses will:
- Become a member of Brooklife
- Make a concerted effort to attend weekly church services and major Brooklife events.
- Adhere to Brooklife small group philosophy.
“A church of small groups”
Small groups are an integral part of Brooklife’s DNA: therefore, we will be active in small groups. We will have:
- Small groups that feed into us.
- Small groups that we feed into.
“I will hold you accountable because the mission is too important”
We have committed ourselves to “becoming a community of high-impact followers of Christ.” This begins with the leadership. Therefore, we must…
- Celebrate each other’s victories.
- Encourage each other to the highest standard of excellence in what we do.
- Challenge each other when we are off focus of our mission, strategic goals, or beliefs.
- Call each other out when our attitudes and/or language are out of line.
- Name the “800 lb. gorilla.” In other words, when there is tension in the room that is hindering us from moving forward, we will name it and deal with it rather than pretending like it is not there.
I commit to embracing this Leadership Covenant as my heart while leading and participating on Brooklife’s Pastoral Team.
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