Core Groups

What is a Core Group?

Do Life Together

We are not meant to do this Christian walk alone. Core Groups are a place where we can grow in our faith with other believers. Groups are a smaller midweek gathering where you build friendship, dig deeper into the Tuesday messages & pray. 

The Structure

Each group is comprised of 1-2 leader(s) and 6-7 students of the same gender & year in school.

The Commitment

You're invited to meet 2 hours a week with your Core Group throughout the entire school year. Why? Establishing a consistent community is vital in creating a space where you belong and undoubtedly experience real life in Jesus Christ. Committing to come every week is necessary to ensure spiritual growth & so every member gains the most out of your gatherings.

The Time

  • Share/Check-in – This involves an openness to be vulnerable about life and honestly share areas of praise or concern. It also requires a willingness to listen to the concerns of others. Confidentiality is imperative for keeping your Core Group a safe place to be open.
  • Study – Each member should be prepared to engage in the conversation by asking and answering questions. This involves preparing beforehand by reading the Bible study material.
  • Accountability & Going Deeper – One of the vital elements of a Core Group is holding one another accountable to your:
      • Commitment to the group
      • Commitment to grow in faith
      • Commitment to use your gifts to serve others in a tangible way
  • Prayer – You’ll also spend time praying for each other about what was shared.

Being a part of a Core Group offers a unique opportunity to grow in your faith and build a community that will undoubtedly enrich your life!

Core Group Leaders

Why Be a Core Group Leader?

Core Groups are an integral part of what we do at The INN. We believe that students will experience abundant life in Jesus Christ as they grow closer to Him in relationship. This happens best when we are prioritizing intentional relationships with others who are seeking this same goal. Core Group leaders provide college students with the opportunity to connect with others, grow in their relationship with Christ, and experience community. 

Paul taught the Corinthians that some plant the seeds, others water them, but God makes them grow (1 Corinthians 3:6). Core Group leaders have the privilege of creating environments in which seeds of faith are planted and watered in the lives of those they lead. While trusting God with the growth. Our leaders play a pivotal role in helping us achieve our mission to lead students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ!

Since our Core Group leaders play such an important role, we take great care when enlisting them. Please read through the information below to better understand the role of a leader, qualifications, and expectations. If, after consideration, you are interested in pursuing Core Group leadership, please click on the "Become a Leader" button below to begin the Leader Application. Once we receive your application, we will contact you for an interview. Should you have questions regarding any of the following information, please email us at theinn@upc.org 

Role of a Core Group Leader

Core Group leaders are responsible for providing their groups with vision, direction, prayer, and support over the course of the 9 month academic school year. Leaders are successful when they are personally growing in their intimacy with God, engaging in community with other believers, and are consistent in showing up and preparing ahead of time. We hope to see our leaders create safe spaces for their students to feel known and to engage in authenticity & vulnerability. Core Group leaders are supported by a University Ministries staff member as well.

Qualifications

  • Have a personal, growing relationship with Jesus Christ (preferably for two years or more).
  • Have Core Group experience (preferably).
  • Have the time, emotional capacity, and moral discernment to lead a group.

Expectations

  • Invest in your assigned core group through the end of the academic year. However, our hope is for you to stay consistent in their college experience extending through their senior year.
  • Lead the group by facilitating 2-hour weekly group meetings, monitoring its health and duration, and promoting participation among group members.
  • Disciple our students through studying scripture, praying, and serving together.
  • Create opportunities throughout the school year for extended time of fellowship to strengthen unity in the group.
  • Commit to engage in leadership development opportunities provided by the church.
  • Engage the content from the INN Tuesday night messages to continue growth, understanding, and connectedness to the ministry.   
  • Encourage students to participate in INN events, leadership, and worship on Tuesday nights and Sundays at UPC.
  • Connect with other Core Group leaders to create a space to offer shared experiences, learnings, and foster a sense of community.