Q. How many leaders/co-leaders are required for each group?
A. Our philosophy is that two heads are better than one. In addition, scripture tells us – Iron Sharpens Iron. Whether it’s coming up with ideas, having a back up for when your absent or most importantly having a prayer partner, we recommend that you ask at least one other woman to co-lead with you. We find it helpful to share the work of leadership and improves the sustainability of your group.
Q. How are the prerequisites to leading a group?
A. NACWL believes that all Christian women are called to be leaders. Thus the prerequisites are simple – a love for God, His Word and a desire to unite with other women to grow into the women he has created each you to be.
Q. What type of training does NACWL provide it's leaders?
A. There are two intentional opportunities group leaders receive training 1.Monthly attendance at Group Leader Mastermind video conference call. 2. Monthly coaching call available to all NACWL paid members. In addition, a backoffice with resources is being developed and their is a closed Facebook group for leaders so that they can ask questions and be mentored by NACWL leadership and/or their more experienced peers.
Q. What resources are available thru NACWL that leaders can use as tools for personal growth as a leader? (i.e. books, CDs, videos)
A. This includes recommendations to books and products of others, our own blogs and resources, our podcast available on iTunes. As we expand the products and services we offer group leaders/members will be entitled to special access and discounts.
Q. How often do leaders get together to plan monthly/yearly events?
A. Group Leaders are encouraged to attend the monthly Mastermind video conference calls. As we grow and begin to reach every zip code additional county, regional and state events will be planned which group leaders will play an active role in developing and orchestrating.
Q. How often as leaders do we get together to plan and develop material?
A. Group Leaders are encouraged to attend the monthly Mastermind video conference call. Each month NACWL provides a spiritual growth and a personal growth theme. Group leaders are encouraged to use that as a springboard for their creativity and to draw near to God for his guidance in the most effective way for helping the women in their group grow in those areas. The Mastermind group is where leaders are given a voice to share what’s working in their group and gather fresh ideas from their peers.
Q. Are there coaching calls for the leaders to participate in?
A. Yes. There are two options that are encouraged 1. Monthly Mastermind video conference for leaders 2. Monthly NACWL Membership Coaching Call.
Q. Will there be someone or persons that will be assigned to assist in helping new chapters when first starting up?
A. Yes. NAWCL Board member Kimberly Berger is the Group Leader Liason is your first line of defense with questions or concerns. In addition, there is a closed Facebook group specifically for Group Leaders so that leaders are united and helping one another.
Q. What systems of accountability are in place for the leaders of each chapter for the protection of NACWL?
A. By design our groups are part of our accountability to seek God, grow and mature as believers. In addition, Group Leaders are held accountability in the Monthly Mastermind video conference with their peers and NACWL leadership.
Q. How much preparation time will be involved for each meeting?
A. This will vary month to month and leader to leader. The most important commitment is to prayer and asking God to reveal to you how he would like you to develop the women in your group. For example, on months where your program is speaking will require more preparation than months where you choose to have a round table discussion with the ladies over 3-5 questions around the themes for the month. Those are just two examples on the opposite extreme of what a time commitment might look like.
Q. How often does a group meet?
A. Once per month with the purpose of intentional growth. However, as relationships develop you may have more informal meetings of fun and/or community service that the group decides to create.
Q. What day of the week and time is best for a meeting to begin?
A. Currently the majority of groups are meeting in the evening on a weeknight for an hour and a half. However, this will vary for each group. Choose a day/time that works best for you and the core group of ladies you will be inviting. Stick with that as your schedule. God will direct those who are to be a part of your group.
Q. Where do the monthly themes originate and what additional resources are available for them.
A. Themes are set at the beginning of each year by NACWL leadership and provided to both group leaders and our team of writers. In addition, from group leaders own experience and knowledge of the themes the NACWL weekly newsletter and every blog post written throughout the month are about the themes. The monthly Mastermind video conference call will also explore the theme. In addition, group leaders are also encouraged to explore God’s word and other resources that they are aware of on the topics as they feel led.
Q. What does the meeting format look like?
A. We encourage leaders to understand our leadership model of move on, move up and move out and incorporate elements that address women in each of those phases of life in their group meetings. Our desire is that leaders be led by God and have autonomy for how they will facilitate the discussion of the themes in their meetings.
Q. What ideas of venues do you have to hold meetings?
A. Any venue that is convenient for your group will work. Churches, private homes, clubhouses, private rooms in restaurants are a few ideas. Get creative. There are many FREE options.
Q. What is the best way to get women attend meetings?
A. Share your God and growth experiences with them. Invite them and keep inviting them.
Q. Does NACWL have life coaches available to help members find their passion and purpose and to set goals to achieve them?
A. NACWL membership entitles them to a month group coaching call and we also make referrals to coaches for individuals seeking a focused process for discovering their unique passion and purpose. Our belief is that if we help women move on from their past hurts, habits, and hang up; help them move up by removing the clutter and obstacles that stand in their way that God will reveal to them what their purpose and passion is. Our job is to give them the tools and resources to create the space in their life for God to direct.
Q. Are there guidelines that are in place to keep all chapters on the same page seeking the same vision as a whole?
A.Yes. The NACWL vision statement, monthly group calls and themes are the common thread meant to bind the entire organization together.
Q. How much individuality or autonomy are group leaders allowed?
A.Individuality is encouraged!! We believe God has gifted each woman/leader uniquely. Each group will reflect the style of its leader and its members as well as the needs of the members. The monthly themes and the concept of Move On, Move Up and Move Out are the common thread. How those are delivered should be customized to meet the needs of the group.
Q. Are there NACWL seminars/events, where groups from all over the country come together?
A. Yes! It is the vision of NACWL to raise up leaders across the country that have a world wide impact. As God expands our territory, conferences will be planned for leaders and members.
Q. As a group leader will I be responsible for creating a Facebook page for our group?
A. Our goal is to have a singular NACWL brand on the social media platforms. That being said, Facebook or other social media platforms are an effective way to market your group meetings and it is an easy way to invite people to meetings. Social media also allows members to interact between meetings. So depending on your social media savvy you may want to have a private group on Facebook for your group members to interact. If you or a member of your group does not have the knowledge to create a Facebook group, we will be happy to assist you.