SMALL GROUP LEADER POSITION INFORMATION
INFORMATION, EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS OF SMALL GROUP LEADERS
Are you sensing a call to Small Group leadership at PYT 2019 or do you know someone who would be an asset to our team of gifted and enthusiastic Small Group Leaders? If so, then carefully and prayerfully read through the following information where you will find:
-an overview of the way we will be doing Small Groups in 2019
-a comprehensive list of expectations and requirements we have for our Small Group Leaders
-instructions for how to apply to be a Small Group Leader at PYT 2019
SMALL GROUPS & DELEGATION GROUPS
Rather than having two Small Group sessions per day, we will have one Small Group session and one Delegation Group time each day. Small Group will continue to function as it always has: youth from across delegations will be divided-up into their respective Small Groups for daily Bible study, reflection, conversation, recreation and prayer. Additionally there will be time set aside each day for Delegation Groups to gather, discuss, dream about and explore what happens after Triennium? What are we going to do . . . in our churches, in our neighborhoods, at our schools and in the world? How do we take the idea, “Here’s My Heart” with us?
Each Small Group Leader will facilitate the small group experiences of two different Small Groups each day.
For example, Jane the Small Group Leader might be assigned to Small Groups 1 and 101. On Wednesday Jane would facilitate Small Group 1 from 9:00 to 10:30 am. She would then have a short break (10:30 – 11:00 am) to clean-up, re-set and prepare for her next Small Group. Jane would then facilitate Small Group 101 from 11:00 – 12:30 pm using the same lesson plan from the Small Group Manual for this new group.
On the 2019 Triennium Schedule you will see the terms “Group A” and “Group B” being used. Group A refers to all Small Groups 1 – 100 and Group B refers to all Small Groups 101 – 200.
This way of doing Small Groups means that we recruit between 100-110 Small Group Leaders— so the sooner your Small Group Application is filled out and returned the better!
EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS OF PYT 2019 SMALL GROUP LEADERS
We are looking for Small Group Leaders who:
-are experienced youth leaders (volunteer or professional)
-are excited about accompanying young people on their PYT journey and are comfortable serving as group facilitators for Small Groups of 30+ high school-aged youth
-ultimately value the experience our young people have — encountering God’s Word, forming Christian community and growing in faith at Triennium — more than their own “Small Group Leader experience”
-embody the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control
-are 22 years old or older (by June 30, 2019)
-will be available and fully present for Small Group Leader training Sunday, July 14 and Monday July 15, 2019 and for the Triennium event Tuesday, July 16 – Saturday, July 20, 2019.
-will abide by the PYT Community Guidelines
APPLY TO BE A SMALL GROUP LEADER FOR THE 2019 PRESBYTERIAN YOUTH TRIENNIUM
To apply to be a Small Group Leader for PYT 2019, please follow these steps:
Fill out the Small Group Leader Application. Submit online as soon as possible (by January 15, 2019). The sooner we hear from you, the better! Because we are committed to diverse leadership, we will work to fill Small Group leadership with adults from across the country, sponsoring denominations and from various cultural groups.
Wait for one of the members of the Small Group Ministry Team to contact you after your references have been checked. This may take a few weeks as applications roll in but know that we will be back in touch with you once we have heard from both of your references.
If you are selected to be a Small Group Leader for PYT 2019, we will eventually ask you to complete your registration, background check consent and PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM.
All PYT staff (volunteers and contracted leadership) are expected to live and serve within the PYT Covenant Community Guidelines and to adhere to the conduct expectations. These will be sent to you upon your acceptance and registration materials.
We also ask all PYT staff to donate, if you are able, a financial gift of $100 to offset your living expenses (private AC – deluxe residence hall room – private bath) and as a way of serving in solidarity with the youth and adults who pay the full registration for their time at PYT. You will receive more information about this during registration! In lieu or in addition to your donation you can also choose to forgo your mileage reimbursement or other travel related expenses.