Restore Highland Groups exist around this truth: we were made to be in community. We believe that there is power in doing life together and that God works through intentional relationships. Doing life together through community is part of our nature, but finding those relationships isn’t always easy. That's why Restore Highland Groups exist — to make meaningful relationships engaging and accessible to you.
The vision of Restore Highland Groups stems from Highland's overall Restoration Vision — God is allowing and inviting the Highland community into partnership as God is restoring all things.
The end goal of RHGs is to move towards restoration both individually and communally.
The RHG rhythm helps cultivate an environment where individuals are able to grow together on a smaller, deeper level, while practicing the ways of Jesus together.
No matter your season of life, availability, or what part of town you live in, there is a place for you to know other and be known by others.
LEAD A GROUP
Leading a group is simple — commit to helping create a place where people are able to connect. It isn't about having all the answers or knowing all the right things to say. There's no need to worry about curriculum (we provide it), time and location of meetings (your group will decide together), or how to get started (we've got you covered). We believe in equipping our leaders with resources that set them up for success as they seek to build community with others.
There are a variety of great resources to help you and your group succeed and grow together. From tutorial videos to group curriculum, we want you to be equipped and feel empowered as your group moves towards restoration.
FALL 2019 CURRICULUM
This fall, Restore Highland Groups will be journeying through the book of Acts together. The flow of the Books of Acts mirrors the progression of
Highland's Restoration Vision from a group of believers, to the local community, and then to out into the world.
A Restore Highland Group term begins in September and goes through the month of May. We invite groups to take a break during the winter holidays and also in the summer. Although we recognize many groups will re-up (re-commit) the next year, we also want to give individuals an opportunity to reevaluate their commitments and decide if this group is the right fit for them in their particular season of life.
Every Restore Highland Group needs 1-4 RHG Leaders and 1-2 Care Contacts. An RHG Leader is a designated person who is willing to implement the rhythm of a Restore Highland Group and initiate the gatherings. In no way does the RHG leader have to be the facilitator of the discussion every week. An RHG Care Contact is simply an individual who assesses the needs of the group and serves as a bridge in connecting them to the appropriate care through a Congregational Care team, ministry leader, or minister.
We believe our restoration vision is possible for all ages. We leave the involvement of children in a Restore Highland Group up to the discernment of the group as a whole. The design of a Restore Highland Group is meant for intimacy and discussing the ways in which we are seeking restoration in our lives. In order to share the rawest parts of life, you may want to explore a balance between inviting children once a month to participate and providing an alternative activity or childcare for the rest of the gatherings.
The Restore Highland Group model highly recommends groups do not share a meal during their discussion time. We’ve found a meal tends to distract from the focus of the gathering in people seeking transformation together. We are also sensitive to make sure we don’t put a bigger commitment on the shoulders of our host home. For those groups who love to eat, we highly recommend using one of the weeks in your month to gather together to simply share a meal for your group time.
The model is designed to last 1 to 1 1/2 hours in total. Groups who find themselves taking longer may want to evaluate if they are either spending a little too much time in one portion of the rhythm or need to break into smaller groups during the discussion portion of the evening.
Our team suggest 8-12 people in a Restore Highland Group to guarantee the maximum use of time and attention everyone needs to fully engage the RHG rhythm. For groups beyond this size, we highly recommend using creativity to keep your time under 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Consider breaking into smaller group for portions of the night and then gathering back together as a larger group.