I usually do this class about 4–6 weeks before a new term launch. I rely heavily on our current leaders to tell me about potential new leaders and as a rule I always try to invite a mix of people who are going to lead in the upcoming term, people who may be 2–3 terms away from leading and people who may never lead but are core members of a group (for example someone who serves in children’s ministry as a primary ministry — I have discovered that even if these guys aren’t the official leader they are still looked to for leadership in the group so it only strengthens your group for them to know what the expectations are “behind the scenes”).
Here is a sample email for the NLO invite:
Hope you guys are doing well. I have something that I wanted to run by you and ask you to discuss. On Sunday May 8, I will be hosting a new leader orientation class for a couple of lifegroup leaders who will be leading next term and potential leaders who might lead at some point in the future and I wanted to see if you guys might be available to attend. The class will be at the church and will start at 9:30 and run concurrent with the 9:30 worship gathering. It will last for about 90 minutes and we will be finished in time to attend 11:00 worship. This class is designed to talk through some of the specifics of leading a group here at LPC and to give our leaders a common foundation as they move into a potential leadership role.
By attending you are not committing to lead and you may never be called upon to lead but I would like for you guys to come and hear more about what it’s all about. If nothing else I have found that it is good for core members of our groups to hear the nuts & bolts behind why we do what we do. If you don’t mind, talk it over and let me know if it’s something you think you might be available for.