Frequently Asked Questions About Highrock Guides
Who Are Highrock Guides?
Guides are lay leaders or church staff who have been personally invited to go through the through the Highrock Guides training. They are people in our church who meet the qualifications of an overseer (1 Timothy 3:1-13), and who are gifted in ministries of listening, prayer, and leading as non-anxious presences. Guides meet with individuals in groups of two.
Who Can Meet with the Highrock Guides?
Our Guides Ministry is currently open to all Highrock North Shore Partners (Members). For more information about becoming a Partner, please email Pastor Brynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there opportunities to build deeper relationships in Guides? For example, to meet regularly enough that we walk through a given situation together?
At this point in the life of our Guides Ministry, we encourage partners to meet with Guides once per year. The intent of the Guides ministry is to offer an opportunity for partners to take an annual temperature gauge in their own relationship with God, kind of like an annual physical for our hearts. The intent is not to find a solution to a problem but rather to help you take a pause and listen to how God might be calling you into a deeper relationship in this next season of life.
Guides are not trained as pastors or therapists, so are not available to meet regularly to walk through a specific situation. If you would like to meet with someone on a more ongoing basis, we would love to help connect you with a Highrock LifeGroup, an accountability partner, or one of our pastors. We can also recommend counselors or Spiritual Directors in the area, depending on your hopes or needs.
What Should I Expect During My Guides Session?
First, you sign up for a Guides session by emailing Kristi-Lynn at email@example.com. The Guides Team you are meeting with will email you a guided reflection form to complete prior to your Guides session. This is an opportunity for you to reflect on your own relationship with God, the joys and struggles of your season of life, and some of the areas where you might like to grow. We encourage you to take 15-30 minutes to walk through the guiding questions in this form with the help of the Holy Spirit. Having this information ahead of time will also help the guides prayerfully reflect on how they might serve you and guide your time together. Feel free to share as much or as little as you’d like (completing the full form is not mandatory - this is a resource but not a homework assignment!)
On the day of your Guides session, you’ll meet with the Guides Team at the church office in our cozy living room upstairs. Every meeting will have two guides in it - one to guide the conversation and the other to pray for you as you share. The guides will listen, ask you some questions, perhaps share some Scripture and a reflection on what they heard you say, pray with you, and help you come up with one next step in your life with Christ.
One member of the Guides team will send you an email within a week to remind you of the conversation and the next steps you came up with together.
Do I need to bring anything to a Guides session?
Nope! Just you.
Will the Guides Team check up on me after my Guides session?
Unless you initiate it, the guides will not bring up your conversation later - not at Soulfood, Eat-Ups, or in the grocery store! If you’d like to share an update, you are more than welcome to and we will certainly engage in the conversation! But there is no expectation to continue the conversation should you choose not to.
Are Guides Sessions confidential?
The information you share in your reflection form and in your Guides sessions will only able to be viewed by your Guides team and our Guides Director, Kristi-Lynn. We will not share anything that you share in your session (not even with our spouses) unless we believe that you or someone close to you is in danger. In these specific cases, we will direct you to the appropriate resources to ensure you receive the support you need.
How can I become a Guide?
Guides are current Highrock Partners who have been attending our church faithfully for at least a year and meet the qualifications of an overseer (1 Timothy 3:1-13). Prospective guides will be nominated by the same committee that nominates prospective overseers. Should you wish to be considered for our next cohort, please contact Kristi-Lynn@highrocknorthshore.org.