Turbo Groups are one of the ways we train new CommunityLife Leaders and co-leaders. They are also an excellent method for exposing potential leaders to the routines and requirements of a CommunityLife group in order for participants to assess their willingness and capability for the role. A Turbo Group is a relatively short-term (hence turbo) small group that allows participants to learn and discuss small group leadership skills in the context of a small group.
Some people considering leading a CommunityLife Group simply need to understand the vision of Trinity as it relates to Community Life. How do CommunityLife groups contribute to the overarching purposes of the church? What are our preferred means of forming and leading groups? What is our shared vocabulary when it comes to words like "commitment", "mutual care", "safety" etc.
For some others, an experience in a Turbo Group leads to further training, either in a discipleship or apprenticeship process that may last several months to a year, or more. The role of a Community Life Leader is very important and not always easy. A Turbo Group is one way to teach some of what is needed to successfully lead a small group in our ministry context; it can also point out what skills need to be further developed.
Everyone participating in a Turbo Group will learn about the vision and values of CommunityLife at Trinity, as they learn or refresh practical leadership skills. In addition, common hindrances to healthy group life are explored. While a lot of learning goes on and we ask participants to do some homework, a Turbo Group is not really a class. The goal is for the Turbo Group to function as a small group that expresses the kind of community life we want our leaders to reproduce in their future groups.
Our Turbo Groups use the Re-Group DVD series and a book about leading small groups titled Leading Life-Changing Small Groups by Bill Donahue. We appreciate the perspectives on small group ministry expressed in the book by Bill Bonahue and Russ Robinson, Building a Church of SmallGroups: A Place Where Nobody Stands Alone.