Tribe Leaders Manifesto

Tribe Leaders Manifesto

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The Mandate

To be each Tribe member’s personal connection to the care and mission of the church.

The Short & Sweet

Tribe Leaders oversee and lead their Tribe, a diverse group of around 8-10 people from Grassroots Church. Tribe leaders are essential to ensure every Tribe member is cared for and mobilized. Tribe Leaders are integral to the overall health of the church.


The level of time commitment will vary throughout the year depending on Tribe events. This would be anywhere from a 2-4 hour weekly commitment (times include preparation, communication, and actual meeting time of the group). The amount of time required in coordinating gatherings/visits depends on the abilities and passion of the Tribe Leader. Tribe Leader positions are offered in 2-year terms.

Led by

Tribe Leaders are led and cared for by Kirsten Irvine,

The Backdrop

Tribe Leaders coordinate and oversee the people (Tribes) who make up our church. They understand that a healthy church functions when each Tribe is cared for and mobilized in their God-given calling. They also recognize that Tribes are the driving force of the church and it is from these smaller networks of people that new leadership emerges and other volunteers are encouraged. Tribe Leaders are the ones that love having people over to their house in order to reach out to others, connect with each other for support and fun, and grow through the study of the Word. Taking charge of a group format does not intimidate them for they understand the importance of guidance. Tribe Leaders think facilitation instead of master teacher when they think about their group.

The Tribe Leader will carry out the Tribe mandate by:

  • holding a minimum of 4 all-Tribe members gatherings (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer). For example, a gathering around a meal or dessert.
  • connecting personally with the Tribe members, a minimum of once a year with each individual or family unit
  • providing a bridge to the pastoral staff and the leadership in times of urgent care for a Tribe member or family

Tribe Leader Responsibilities and Requirements

  • Tribe Leaders are willing to meet on occasion with Pastoral staff, attend Tribe Leaders training, as well as receive occasional training through webinars, book studies, and conferences to ensure they are growing in their leadership abilities and feel properly equipped to be involved in the ministry.


  • Pray for the group every week
  • Follow the lead of their Pastoral coach and work toward the goals set before them
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with their Tribe (reminder emails, updates, courtesy calls)
  • Constantly sets the bar in their group by being welcoming to newcomers and by encouraging and thinking of others first
  • Help to construct connection opportunities, promoting relationships and accountability within their group
  • Actively seek out new curriculum opportunities and gathering/serving ideas with the help of the Pastoral coach.
  • Respond appropriately and in a timely manner with their coach
  • Tribe gatherings should be made a priority in their calendar.
  • Ensure that one gathering event will happen per season (four a year).


  • Christ follower, evident in the Tribe Leader’s life
  • Count Me In member for a minimum of 12 months
  • Consistent financial supporter

Feature Scriptures

1 Timothy 3:1 (TNIV)
Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.

1 Timothy 3:8-13 (TNIV)
In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.