The Christian Life Program (CLP

The Team Leader’s Guide
Table of Contents:
1. CFC Council letter to the team leader
2. General
a. Team leader's profile
b. Team leader's role
c. Spiritual approach to leadership
d. Pastoral approach to leadership
e. Importance of communication
f. Important ingredients in a CLP
g. !ersight of the team leaders's "or#
$. Prior to CLP sessions.
a. Candidates%participants
b. Setting up discussion groups
c. &enue
d. Logistics
e. Tal#s
'. The CLP sessions.
a. Pra(er
b. Punctualit(
c. )ttendance
d. Code of Conduct
e. Cultural aspects
f. The orientation session
g. *andling team meetings
+. Chec#list for each session.
,. )nne-es.
a. Information sheet
b. Guidelines for spea#ers
c. .ini tal# for !ocal pra(er
d. The Lord's /a( Celebration
e. 0elcome letter for ne" members
The CFC Council Letter to the CFC Team Leader:
/ear brother in Christ1
The peace and 2o( of the Lord be "ith (ou3
Congratulations3 4ou ha!e 2ust recei!ed an assignment that "ill pro!ide (ou great
2o( and satisfaction. 4ou are no" at the forefront of the spiritual battle being "aged for
the hearts and minds of people. )nd (ou are on the "inning side3 5-pect the glor( of
God to unfold in the coming "ee#s.

For (ou to function most effecti!el(1 please do the follo"ing6
1. Stud( this Team Leader's Guide carefull( and thoroughl(. It contains all the
instructions (ou need to handle the CLP.
2. 7e constantl( in touch "ith (our Chapter *ead1 or "home!er he "ould
designate to o!ersee (our CLP. 4our present ser!ice is directl( under the
authorit( of (our Chapter *ead. 8eep him informed of the CLP's progress and
eagerl( see# his input.
$. 5-ercise (our authorit( o!er the team confidentl(. /iscipline and reliabilit( are
musts for each member of the team. nl( in this "a( can the( ser!e effecti!el(
and gro" in their o"n commitment to the Lord.
'. 9el( on the po"er of the *ol( Spirit. This CLP is God's "or#1 and so *e "ill
pro!ide. Come before the Lord often in pra(er1 and get (our team to do the
Than# (ou for responding to the Lord's call. 4ou are ma#ing a ma2or contribution to
mo!ing for"ard the mission of Couples for Christ.
God bless (ou.
Faithfull( in Christ1
The CFC Council
General Information:
A. TA! LA"#$% P#&FIL
The CLP team leader is a person "ho6
1. Lo!es the Lord. *e has committed his life to :esus Christ and desires to ser!e *im "ith
his "hole heart and strength.
2. Is a faithful member of SFC. *e is faithful to his co!enant in SFC. *e has ta#en on the
!ision of CFC SI;GL5S F9 C*9IST for Christian famil( life rene"al. *e is supporti!e
of the o!erall leadership and good order in the bod(.
$. Is gro"ing in Christian maturit(. *e is not negligent of personal pra(er and reading of
the 7ible. *e has put fairl( good order in his o"n famil( life.
'. Is a tested leader of SFC. *e is at least a *ousehold *ead1 "ith the <ualities that can
ma#e him a =nit *ead. *e is able to command the respect of his peers and
'. TA! LA"#$% #&L
The CLP team leader runs and o!ersees the "hole CLP. .ore specificall(1 he does the
1. Puts the team together1 in consultation "ith and sub2ect to the appro!al of his Chapter
*ead >or "home!er the latter designates?.
2. )rranges the practical aspects of the CLP1 such as !enue1 schedules1 spea#ers1 snac#s1
$. 9ecommends to his Chapter *ead the !arious spea#ers1 and upon appro!al1 ma#es the
necessar( connection "ith the designated spea#er.
'. 0atches o!er the "hole CLP and ensures that all aspects are being handled in the
proper "a(.
+. )cts as emcee for all the sessions.
,. Cares for the team members and helps to form them into a group of brothers and sisters
"ith unit( of spirit and an abilit( to "or# together "ell.
@. Sees to it that each participant in the CLP is cared for "ell and is gro"ing in his%her o"n
response to God's call.
Leading a CLP is real e!angelism. )s such1 it is spiritual "arfare "aged "ith spiritual
"eapons and spiritual gifts. The team leader needs to ha!e6
1. F)IT*.
a? That this is God's "or#1 and therefore it is *e "ho "ill empo"er and strengthen
those "ho ser!e >2 Cor $6'A,?.
b? That :esus is "ith (ou1 "or#ing through (ou and spea#ing his "ords through (ou to
change people1 to con!ert their hearts >.t 2B62CD )cts 16B?. Focus on his presence.
Call upon him al"a(s.
c? That the "ords of the 7ible carr( e-traordinar( po"er >*eb '612?. *a!e this
con!iction6 Christ can con!ert an( person and he uses the 0ord of God for this
2. E5)L F9 T*5 8I;G/. F C*9IST.
a? The CLP team leader must ha!e a deep con!iction for his "or# in the CLP. *e must
be con!inced of its supreme importance in ma#ing a difference in the li!es of peoA
ple. 2 Cor +61'.
b? The e-tent of the team's desire1 spiritual hunger and eagerness to e!angeliFe "ill be
the e-tent b( "hich God can unleash the po"er of the *ol( Spirit through them. 1
Thes 16+.
c? The team should be composed of men and "omen of great lo!e1 sincerit(1
con!iction1 patience and affection. 1 Thes 261A12.
". PA%T&#AL APP#&AC) T& LA"#%)IP
1. =nderstand the participant's situation.
a. Their coming from a secular en!ironment.
 4ou need to set the tone. 4ou need to get them into a different frame of mind.
4ou need to plant faith.
 Testimonies and genuine friendships do a lot. So can songs and short times of
b. Their state of personal transition. The( ma( be dissatisfied1 restless1 an-ious1
hopeful1 despairing1 ambitious1 etc.
 7e in touch "ith it. Spea# to it. Channel that energ( to Christ.
c. The e-istence of personal problems. The( ma( be lonel(1 ha!e fe" meaningful
personal relationships1 be not <uite "eaned from parents1 tr(ing to hold on or ma(be
get free1 etc.
 7e sensiti!e to these and get the team to ta#e an( a!ailable opportunit( to
address these.
d. Inade<uate notions of Christianit(.
 Identif( them and spea# about them.
2. Get to #no" people indi!iduall( as much as possible through tal#ing to each one
indi!iduall(1 and through touching base briefl( but fre<uentl( "ith the discussion group
a. /on't be too remo!ed1 bus(1 an-ious.
b. 4ou ma( not realiFe it1 but people "ill consider it a pri!ilege to spea# "ith (ou.
$. 8eep an e(e on the goals of each session and "here the participants are and could be.
Lead them to "here the( should be. The d(namics of the sessions are in (our hands to
shape as "ill best ser!e them. .a#e ad2ustments if necessar( in order to help mo!e
people for"ard.
'. 8eep a pulse on people changing1 getting stubborn1 on spiritual "arfare1 spiritual
brea#throughs1 con!ersions1 etc. Spea# to it. /ra" good things to e!er(one's attention
"hene!er possible.
+. 8eep getting feedbac# from the discussion group leaders1 the assistant team leader and
other persons acti!el( in!ol!ed in the program.
. I!P&#TA*C &F C&!!(*ICATI&*
1. The team leader needs to communicate "ith the team members about each specific
situation that confronts them6 the incident that happened last "ee#1 the problem that a
person in the program is ha!ing no"1 the things the( need to do in the ne-t session1 etc.
Tal# about each situation in a !er( concrete "a(. Come to a real oneness of mind about
each specific situation. f course1 tal# in a responsible "a(1 "ith the appropriate
This #ind of communication and discussion "ill de!elop in the team leader the pastoral
discernment and 2udgment needed to be of real ser!ice to the people in the program.
2. The team leader1 as "ell as the discussion group leaders1 ha!e to be constantl(
obser!ing "hat the true situation is. 7esides sta(ing in communication "ith one another1
the( ha!e to sta( in open communication "ith the program participants. The( ha!e to
as# directl( "hat is happening to them in relation to the Lord and to the program. The
team has to #no" "hat has happened to the participants in order to #no" "hat the( need
from the team.
$. The team has to communicate effecti!el( about "hat is happening in the discussion
groups1 and this is done in the team meetings. These meetings should help teach us
ho" to "or# better in the program1 to train us to be master builders for Christ. /on't be
afraid of the truth. /on't #eep difficulties and problems to (ourself. /iscuss the "or#
and its effect so that the team can #eep on doing "hat has been done "ell1 and change
"hat has not been done "ell.
F. I!P&#TA*T I*G#"I*T% I* A CLP
1. .ost of the CLP sessions ha!e $ essential ingredients6 a tal# >teaching?1 group
discussion and fello"ship. )ll $ are important for the success of the program and should
be handled accordingl(.
2. Furthermore1 the other elements and d(namics of a CLP all contribute to attracting a
participant. Some are attracted b( the tal#1 others b( the discussion1 still others b( the
songs1 friendl( atmosphere1 care from the team1 the ne" "a(s of pra(ing1 etc. Pursue
e!er(thing "ith enthusiasm and faith that God uses all these elements to accomplish *is
purpose in the CLP.
G. &+#%IG)T &F T) TA! LA"#$% ,&#-
1. Immediate o!ersight of the CLP as a "hole and of the team leader's "or# in particular is
done b( the designated super!ising =nit *ead1 "ho is appointed and is himself o!erseen
b( the Chapter *ead1 in "hose 2urisdiction the CLP is conducted.
2. The Chapter *ead should be #ept informed of de!elopments in the CLP on a "ee#l(
basis1 either b( the team leader or the super!ising =nit *ead.
$. )ll <uestions and problems that cannot be handled ade<uatel( b( the team leader should
be referred to the super!ising =nit *ead for immediate action and resolution.
'. The team leader should eagerl( see# the pastoral input of those o!erseeing his ser!ice.
*e should recogniFe the tremendous opportunit( for personal gro"th that this ser!ice
affords him.
Prior to the CLP %essions:
1. The CLP is open to all Christian singles1 ages 21A'C (ears old. There are ho"e!er
e-ceptions to this general rule1 to "it6
a. =nmarried couples "ho ha!e no impediment to becoming !alidl( married ma(
attend. *o"e!er1 after .odule ne1 the( must signif( their intention to get married
in church at the soonest possible time. )fter their marriage the( are to be edorsed to
Couples for Christ.
b. The CLP is for Christians and thus nonAChristians are not to be in!ited. If1 ho"e!er1
a nonAChristian is un"ittingl( in!ited1 the( ma( continue onl( if the he signifies his
openness to become a Christian after .odule 1. )nd he ma( 2oin SFC onl( if the
nonAChristian actuall( begins the process of becoming a Christian.
c. Participants belo" 21 (ears old ma( continue to attend the CLP if the( are emplo(ed
and ha!e attained the maturit( of singles "ho are emplo(ed and ages 21 to 'C.
Single parents belo" 21 (ear ma( also 2oin the CLP. The( should ho"e!er be gi!en
careful pastoral care from an e-perienced household head or discussion group
2. 5ach participant should fill up and submit an Information Sheet >sample per )nne- )?.
a. The information sheet ma( be amended to suit a particular local situation. For
e-ample1 in an area "here there is di!orce and there are man( second marriages1
the information sheet might contain a <uestion on "hether one has a pre!ious
b. )ll information sheets should be submitted to the team leader not later than a "ee#
before the orientation session.
 *o"e!er1 participants ma( still be accepted at the start of the CLP. In fact1 at
the option of the team leader as directed b( his Chapter *ead1 participants ma(
be accepted up to Session 2 of the CLP.
c. )s# the person recommending a certain participant to gi!e some personal
information about the single1 information for the use of the team leader and the
couple's discussion leaders1 "hich can help them in caring for the single1 or ha!e a
firmer feel for "here he%she is at. .ost often such information "ould in!ol!e
personal problems1 doubts1 fears1 an-ieties1 insecurities1 etc.
$. )n ideal number for a CLP "ould be about +C to ,C single men and "omen.. This
number is not too small so as not to ma#e optimum use of our resource inputs1 and not
too large as to become hard to manage1 or "here indi!iduals cannot reall( get to #no"
e!er(one else personall(. *o"e!er1 "e "ill accept "hate!er number the Lord gi!es us.
Thus through the (ears1 "e ha!e e-perienced CLPs of from 2C to @CC participants.
'. %TTI*G (P "I%C(%%I&* G#&(P%
1. ne #e( to successful discussion groups is setting them up "ell from the !er( beginning.
There are t"o main principles to be follo"ed here6
a. Put persons together "ho "e thin# can be comfortable "ith each other and thus can
interact "ell as a "hole.
b. )ppoint a discussion leader "ho can best relate to the group1 one "ho can thus help
each member the most.
2. The discussion groups are set up after the orientation session. =se the list of couples
"ho attended this session1 plus an( others "ho missed the session but "ho are
supposed to attend the program proper >feedbac# from those "ho in!ited them?. The
groupings must be read( before the start of the first tal#.
$. 7ecause singles en2o( the compan( of man( other singles their age1 each discussion
group "ould ideall( ha!e @ to 12 people1 e-cluding the leader. .en are grouped
separatel( from "omen.
'. Grouping people together.
a? People are to be grouped together according to some common denominators1 such
 )G5. 5.g.1 .uch older people can be grouped together. So too "ith !er( (oung
people. )s a general guide1 the age difference bet"een the oldest and (oungest
member of the group should not e-ceed 1C (ears.
 5/=C)TI;. 5.g.1 Those "ith postAgraduate degrees ma( be comfortable "ith
other more educated persons.
 G5G9)P*IC)L LC)TI; F 95SI/5;C5S. .a(be a group composed of
people all li!ing in and around a particular area. This is also preparator( to
household groupings1 "hich are almost al"a(s based geographicall(.
 PSITI; I; 7=SI;5SS. 5.g.1 top le!el e-ecuti!es ma( relate better "ith
 SPI9IT=)L 7)C8G9=;/. 4ou ma( ha!e a group of people "ho are alread(
in the rene"al. The( can mo!e for"ard faster during the CLP.
 T*59S.
b. b!iousl(1 groupings "ill not necessaril( be <uite so clearAcut. The abo!e are 2ust
guides. 7ut the basic idea is to group together those "ho can relate "ell "ith each
other1 and to a!oid e-tremes >e.g.1 !er( rich "ith !er( poor?. =se (our 2udgment in
the "isdom of the *ol( Spirit.
c. Group the participants together first1 then choose the leaderAcouple "ho (ou thin#
can best relate to the particular group.
d. /epending on the actual turnout for the first tal#1 there ma( be a need to regroup.
So also after the second tal#. From here on1 attendance should stabiliFe.
+. Grouping people together ta#es time1 stud(1 pra(er and discernment. )ppl( (ourself
ade<uatel( to the tas#. This initial effort "ill pro!e its !alue throughout the program.
,. Pro!ide the discussion leaders "ith a cop( of the information sheets of those assigned to
them. 9elate to them "hate!er additional information has been pro!ided b( those "ho
recommended the participants.
C. +*(
1. The CLP ma( be held in a !ariet( of places1 to "it6
a. In the home of a CFC or SFC member.
 This is desirable due to the informal1 comfortable and nonAthreatening
atmosphere of a home.
 Further1 it emphasiFes the realit( of the Christian home and famil( as a domestic
Church "hich is !alued in SFC and all CFC ministries.
b. In a Church or parish facilit(.
c. In an( other !enue such as a school classroom1 a restaurant1 an office conference
room1 etc.
2. The main considerations for choosing a !enue are6
a. SiFe.
 Is the area big enough to hold the participants and team comfortabl(G
 Is there enough space "hen the participants brea# up into discussion groupsG
b. Location.
 Is it central and accessibleG
c. Conduci!eness to program acti!it(.
 Is it comfortableG
 Is the neighborhood <uiet enoughG
". L&GI%TIC%
1. The follo"ing are needed for each CLP session6
 Lectern for spea#er
 Sound s(stem
 Taping s(stem H blan# tapes
 Song sheets
 Tal# handouts for participants
 7oo# table >especiall( for boo#s listed as suggested reading?
 )ttendance sheet
 ;ame tags
 7lan# information sheets >for those "ho ha!e not submitted beforehand?
 Snac#s
 5mergenc( lights and%or candles >in case of po"er failure?
2. The snac#s should be a simple one. It should be "ithin the budget set b( the o!erall
leadership. Possible e-ceptions could be for the Ith and 12th sessions.
. TAL-%
1. .ost of the actual teaching in the CLP is done in the tal#s.
2. Spea#ers are chosen b( consensus bet"een the team leader and the super!ising =nit
*ead1 sub2ect to appro!al b( the Chapter *ead.
a. Spea#ers are ta#en from the ran#s of CFC members onl(.
b. Tal#s are to be gi!en b( an indi!idual or b( a husbandA"ife team. 7oth men and
"omen can gi!e tal#s. *o"e!er1 the follo"ing tal#s are reser!ed for men onl(6
rientation1 tal# '1 tal# 11 and tal# 12. Furthermore1 the ma2orit( of tal#s in the CLP
must be gi!en b( men.
c. .ore e-perienced spea#ers are normall( fielded for the first module.
d. The dedication tal#1 since it includes official acceptance of ne" members into the
bod(1 should be handled b( an elder.
$. Ideall(1 all tal#s1 e-cept those to be gi!en b( e-perienced spea#ers1 should be pre!ie"ed
and screened. This is done b( ha!ing the spea#er gi!e the tal# before a selected
audience1 such as the Chapter *ead or the CLP team leader or the household group of
the spea#er. This "ill be a time for constructi!e and brotherl( criticism1 "ith the goal of
coming up "ith a tal# that is clear1 po"erful1 upbuilding and inspirational1 free of an(thing
that might be ta#en negati!el( b( the participants.
'. SP5)859S .=ST 75 F)IT*F=L T T*5 T)L8 =TLI;5S.
a. The e-panded tal# outline is the tal# itself. The spea#er merel( needs to flesh it out.
b. Spea#ers should a!oid the temptation of putting a lot of other material into the tal#1
no matter ho" interesting or seemingl( helpful. This might 2ust obscure the basic
message of the tal#1 or o!erlap "ith the other tal#s.
+. ur guidelines for tal#s are gi!en in )nne- 7.
The CLP %essions:
A. P#A/#
1. In the CLP "e are doing God's "or#1 and good fruit can be achie!ed onl( under the
guidance and po"er of the *ol( Spirit. 0e connect "ith the *ol( Spirit through pra(er.
a. Thus "e ha!e to come before the Lord and put our "or# in *is hands often and
throughout the program. Thus "e pra(6
 before "e go to the session
 at the preAsession team meeting
 at the start of the session immediatel( prior to the tal#
 before and after the group discussion >b( the group leaders?
 before the snac# >to bless the food?
 at the close of the session immediatel( after the fello"ship
 at the postAsession team meeting
b. The team leader leads in pra(er. )t times he ma( designate this to the assistant
team leader.
2. It is recommended that the chapter put together Jpra(er "arriorsJ for the duration of the
CLP. 0hile the "hole chapter should be pra(ing for all its CLPs1 a specific group of
men and "omen should be pra(ing specificall( for each session of a specific CLP1
especiall( during the actual hours that the sessions are ongoing.
$. /uring the CLP itself1 "e utiliFe different forms of pra(er. Thus our communal pra(er at
the start of each session is as follo"s6
a. /uring .odule 1 AAThe team leader ma#es a short pra(er for all. ;o charismatic
 ;o clapping during singing. ;o raising of hands.
b. /uring .odule 2 AA In!ol!ement b( the rest of the team and also the participants
through short pra(ers of than#sgi!ing and petition >introduced b( the team leader at
the start of .odule 2?.
 Clapping during singing ma( be introduced. Still no raising of hands.
c? /uring .odule $ AAIntroduction of !ocal pra(er. Full charismatic pra(er.
'. ;ormall( our pra(ers are ecumenicall( sensiti!e and thus are not o!ertl( JCatholicJ >sign
of the crossD *ail .ar(?. *o"e!er1 in parish settings1 JCatholicJ pra(ers are desirable.
+. The spea#er is al"a(s pra(ed o!er b( the team prior to the session.
a. The pra(ing o!er is done b( a fe" members of the team1 not b( all1 since the rest
need to be a!ailable to greet the participants as the( come in.
b. The pra(er itself is done b( the team leader1 and is 2ust a short pra(er for protection
and empo"erment. ) fe" minutes should be sufficient.
'. P(*CT(ALIT/
1. The team members must be at the CLP !enue at the time designated b( the team
a. The( must all be present for the preAsession team meeting.
b. The( must be there ahead of the participants1 read( to "elcome and ta#e care of
those in their discussion groups.
c. The( must arrange their schedule on the da( of the CLP such that the( are not
pressed for time nor unnecessaril( hassled b( the da('s acti!ities. The( should in
fact pro!ide enough time to come before the Lord indi!iduall( and thus prepare
themsel!es spirituall( for the tas# at hand.
2. It is important to start the CLP sessions on time.
a. )fter the orientation session1 ma#e clear to the participants at "hat time the
succeeding sessions "ill start. Impress upon them the need to be punctual.
b. /o not dela( the start of the session b( more than 1C minutes.
c. ) good "a( to allo" more time for latecomers to arri!e is to practice songs. In this
"a(1 (ou start on time1 but dela( the tal# until more arri!e.
1. Since the CLP is an integrated course for rene"al1 all the sessions are important. Thus
the CLP participants should be present for all the sessions.
2. *o"e!er1 "e do recogniFe that there could be !er( good reasons for absences. Thus "e
ma#e pro!isions for absences.
a. 0e allo" not more than one absence for the first module1 and not more than three
absences for the "hole CLP.
b. 7e(ond these absences1 the participant "ould normall( be as#ed to discontinue the
c. There can be e-ceptions to the abo!e1 but onl( in e-treme cases and onl( "ith the
appro!al of the Chapter *ead. To grant an e-ception1 (ou should see that the single
is !er( eager for the CLP%SFC and also that the reasons for the absences are !er(
$. In case of absences6
a. The discussion group leaders should call or !isit an( absent members of their group
as soon as possible after the CLP session in order to find out "h( the( "ere absent.
 The intention is primaril( to sho" concern >The( ma( be sic# or "orse?.
 It is an opportunit( to encourage them to go on "ith the program >The( ma( be
tempted not to continue?.
 This allo"s (ou to #no" if an( couple is no longer "illing to go on1 and thus act
b. )ll absences need to be made up for b( listening to the tal# tapes1 normall( before
the ne-t session. 4ou should also arrange for some form of discussion to occur.
'. 4ou should be strict in implementing the abo!e guidelines on absences. This is for the
good of SFC as a "hole. There "ill al"a(s be another CLP for a single to 2oin1 should
there be genuine interest.
". C&" &F C&*"(CT
1. Team members are to dress appropriatel( and modestl(.
2. Team members should tr( to a!oid smo#ing at an( time during the CLP. Smo#ing for
team members is absolutel( prohibited during pra(ers1 during the tal# if inside the
session hall1 and during the discussion group meeting.
$. In a multiAracial CLP1 team members should con!erse1 e!en 2ust among themsel!es1
onl( in the JofficialJ language>s? for that CLP. 0e can turnAoff participants b( con!ersing
in languages or dialects alien to them.
'. Team members must a!oid an( beha!ior >such as tal#ing among themsel!es? that "ould
disrupt in an( "a( the session or the participants' concentration.
+. Team members should mingle as much as possible "ith the participants1 and not #eep
to themsel!es.
,. ;ame tags are to be "orn b( CFC members at all times.
1. The CLP1 aside from being the entr(Apoint for membership in SFC1 is a microcosm of the
life and "orld of SFC. 7eing in a CLP prepares one for entering more full( into the "a(
of life in SFC. )s such1 the atmosphere in the CLP and the conduct of the team
members are to conform to the culture of SFC in e!er( "a(.
2. The team leader ensures cultural conformit( in setting up the CLP and in guiding the
team. 5-amples of cultural elements in the CLP are6
a. ) spirit of 2o( and friendliness.
 9emind the team to smile often and be outgoing.
b. Simplicit(.
 There is no need for e-tra!agant decorations for the !enue.
 Snac#s are simple1 e!en for those CLPs of chapters that can "ell afford to
spend much more.
c. Loo# to the man( other elements of the CLP as "ell.
$. 7( the same to#en1 "e are to a!oid in2ecting elements that are not in accordance "ith
our normal "a( of doing things.
Some e-amples6
a. Singing songs not in our official songboo#.
b. 9e<uiring certain practices for the baptism in the *ol( Spirit. For e-ample6
 *a!ing e!er( team member dress in "hite.
 Turning the lights off or ha!ing a candle and crucifi- before e!er(one being
pra(ed "ith.
 )nointing participants "ith oil or hol( "ater.
c? Scheduling confession and%or .ass at the !enue immedi atel( prior to the CLP
session >usuall( for session I?1 thereb( unnecessaril( prolonging the entire session.
There could be man( others. The team leader must not in2ect an( element that comes
simpl( from his o"n preferences. *e needs to realiFe that the CLP introduces the
participants to life in SFC1 and an( such element ma( gi!e them an inaccurate
impression of the SFC culture.
F. T) &#I*TATI&* %%%I&*
1. Chronolog( is as follo"s6
a. Teach participants some songs "hile "aiting to start formall(.
b. The team leader introduces himself1 "elcomes the participants1 and in!ites e!er(one
to stand.
c. ) song is sung1 after "hich the team leader sa(s a short opening pra(er.
d. The participants are as#ed to be seated. The team leader ma( sa( a little bit more
about SFC1 the team1 the facilities1 "hat to e-pect this e!ening1 etc. *o"e!er1 #eep
it short.
 In a parish setting1 (ou ma( in!ite the parish priest to "elcome the CLP
e. The spea#er is introduced and gi!es his tal#.
f. The spea#er or the team leader calls on the sharers for the e!ening.
g. The team leader or the spea#er presides o!er an open forum.
h. Closing remar#s.
i. 7less the food and ha!e the fello"ship.
2. Closing pra(ers b( the team leader.
#. Team meeting.
2. Guidelines for sharing.
a. ;ormall(1 it should be a single "ho "ill share.
b. The time should not e-ceed 2C minutes >appro-imatel( 1C minutes each?.
c. The sharing should focus on the CLP and%or SFC1 ho" these ha!e made a
difference in the life of the person. Such sharing "ould normall( in!ol!e a JbeforeJ
and JafterJ situation.
d. The sharing should not be a teaching.
e. The sharing should normall( be screened b( the team leader and%or the singleKs =nit
or Chapter *ead.
;ote6 The team leader ma#es sure that the abo!e guidelines are follo"ed.
$. Guidelines for the open forum.
a. It is suggested that blan# sheets of paper be gi!en to the participants for them to
"rite their <uestions on. 0e find that participants are sh( in ha!ing to stand up to
as# their <uestions.
b. It there is no initial response to our offer to ans"er <uestions1 do not close the pen
Forum portion immediatel(. It might be premature. The participants ma( 2ust need
to "arm up. The team leader or spea#er at this point could bring up <uestions on
their o"n and ans"er them.
c. )!oid getting into an( theological or intellectual discussions. 4ou could offer to ta#e
up such a <uestion during the fello"ship1 but stress the nature of the CLP "hich
precludes such directions.
'. Guidelines for the closing remar#s.
a. Than# the participants for being there and e-hort them to return for the ne-t session.
b. Sa( that "e are onl( as#ing them to commit to the first module1 that is1 the ne-t '
sessions. *o"e!er1 it is also all right if the( cannot ma#e such a commitment1 and
2ust go on a sessionAtoAsession basis. It is entirel( their choice "hether to go on or to
c. 5-hort them to bring their 7ibles to the sessions. If the( ha!e none1 suggest 7ibles
such as the ;e" )merican 7ible1 the ;e" :erusalem 7ible1 or the Good ;e"s 7ible.
d. Gi!e details for the ne-t meeting L !enue1 time1 etc. 5ncourage them to come on
e. 4ou ma( decide to ha!e the closing pra(ers and blessing o!er the food together at
this time1 so the participants can 2ust ha!e an openAended fello"ship and lea!e "hen
the( "ant to.
+. Team meeting after the session.
a. 5!aluate the "hole session L the mood of participants1 the atmosphere1 the !arious
elements in!ol!ed. )ddress "hat needs to be addressed.
b. Inform the team that there "ill be a team meeting prior to the start of session 1 and
the( should be there at least $C minutes earlier.
c. 5nd "ith a pra(er of than#sgi!ing for the potential har!est and a pra(er of petition
for the JsuccessJ of the CLP.
G. )A*"LI*G TA! !TI*G%
1. Team meetings are held after e!er( session in order to assess the conduct of the
session1 to recei!e feedbac# on the situation of the participants1 and to gi!e input to the
discussion group leaders as needed.
2. The men and "omen meet together. The team leader presides o!er the meeting.
$. 5ach discussion group leader gi!es a brief report on "hat transpired. 5ach leader's
report should not go be(ond 2ust a fe" minutes generall(. /etails are gi!en onl( if as#ed
b( the team leader.
'. ;ames of participants are not mentioned. /uring these team meetings "e onl( "ant to
assess the o!erall situation. Indi!idual problems are left to oneAtoAone meetings
bet"een the team leader and the discussion group leaders.
Chec0list for ach %ession:
A. %%%I&* *o. 1
1. Team meeting prior to session >at least $C minutes before the session?.
a. Start "ith a short pra(er.
b. Gi!e out the group assignments and the data sheets of group members1 if not
pre!iousl( done.
c. 9esol!e an( <uestions or problems "ith regard to the Team .anual.
d. 9emind the team not to engage (et in charismatic pra(er. ;o raising of hands or
e. Close "ith an e-tended period of group pra(er and intercession for the program1 the
team and the participants.
2. /uring the tal# regroup participants based on attendance. Inform the group heads
$. )fter the tal# announce discussion groupings.
'. )fter the snac#s6
a. )nnounce presence of boo# table1 if an(.
b. 5-hort participants to ha!e their o"n 7ible1 preferabl( a modern !ersion li#e the
c. 7riefl( go o!er the handout. 5-plain the meaning of 7iblical references1 i.e. boo#1
chapter1 !erse. 5ncourage dail( Scripture reading.
d. 5-hort participants to be punctual for the ne-t session.
e. Closing song and pra(er.
+. Team meeting after the session6
a. Go o!er the list of absentees and instruct the group leaders to follo" up "ith them1
preferabl( in coordination "ith those "ho in!ited them.
b. *ear the report of each group.
c. 9emind the team of the need for punctualit(. >;ote6 ;o more e-tended preAsession
meeting for most of the succeeding "ee#s?.
d. 9emind the team of the need for them to be faithful to their o"n dail( pra(er time
and 7ible reading. The( should fast for their people. )lso impress on them the
importance of stud(ing the team manual prior to each session.
e. Instruct the team to follo" up on each of their members during the "ee#1 to e-hort
them to attend the ne-t session.
f. 5nd "ith a short pra(er.
'. %%%I&* *o. 2
1. Team meeting prior to session6
a. 9esol!e an( <uestions or problems "ith regard to the Team .anual in relation to the
tal# and the session's goals.
b. Close "ith a short pra(er.
2. Team meeting after the session6
a. Go o!er the list of absentees and instruct the group leaders to follo" up "ith them1 if
necessar( still in coordination "ith those "ho recommended them.
b. /rop from the list all those "ho no" ha!e been absent from both sessions 1 and 2.
c. Chec# if ma#eAup sessions for the first tal# "ere held.
d. *ear the report of each group.
e. Instruct the team to follo" up on each of their members during the "ee#. The(
should remind all those "ith one absence not to be absent again during .odule ne
or else the( "ill be as#ed to repeat the "hole CLP.
f. 5nd "ith a short pra(er.
C. %%%I&* *o. 3
1. Team meeting prior to session6
a. 9esol!e an( <uestions or problems "ith regard to the Team .anual in relation to the
tal# and the session's goals.
b. Close "ith a short pra(er.
2. Team meeting after the session6
a. *ear the report of each group.
b. Chec# if ma#eAup sessions for the first and second tal#s "ere held. Tell the group
leaders that all ma#eAup sessions ha!e to be finished "ithin the coming "ee#1
because the "ee# after the 'th session "ill be de!oted to the indi!idual meetings
c. Instruct the group leaders to encourage e!er( participant to ha!e their o"n 7ibles1 if
the( don't as (et.
d. 5nd "ith a short pra(er.
". %%%I&* *o. 4
1. Team meeting prior to session6
a. 9esol!e an( <uestions or problems "ith regard to the Team .anual in relation to the
tal# and the session's goals.
b. 9emind them of the indi!idual meetings for the coming "ee#. The( should ma#e
definite schedules during the discussion period.
c. Close "ith a short pra(er.
2. Team meeting after the session6
a. *ear the report of each group.
b. Chec# absentees and ma#eAup sessions.
c. 9eiterate importance of indi!idual meetings. )n( problem that surfaces should be
ta#en up "ithin the "ee# "ith the team leader.
d. Go o!er the list of serious "rongdoings and ma#e sure that the team understands it
"ell. 7e read( to discuss "h( people need to turn a"a( especiall( from FreemasonA
r(1 ;e" age1 T.1 (oga1 the occult1 etc.
e. 9emind them that the team meeting prior to the session ne-t "ee# "ill be held $C
minutes earlier1 to discuss results of the indi!idual meetings.
f. 9emind the team to continue to pra( for1 fast and intercede for their people.
g. 5nd "ith a short pra(er.
. %%%I&* *o. 5
1. Team meeting prior to session >at least $C minutes prior to the session?.
a. Start "ith a short pra(er.
b. *ear the report of each group leader about the indi!idual meetings. ;ote an(
problems1 for resolution at a later time pri!atel( "ith the leaders.
c. 9esol!e an( <uestions or problems "ith regard to the Team .anual in relation to the
tal# and the session's goals.
d. Tell them of the start of group in!ol!ement in the opening pra(er. The team
members especiall( should support the team leader b( participating acti!el( in
ma#ing short pra(ers of than#sgi!ing and%or petition.
e. .a#e group ad2ustments1 if an(.
f. Close "ith an e-tended period of group pra(er and intercession for .odule T"o of
the program.
2. Prior to the tal#6
a. 0elcome participants to .odule T"o of the program. 5ncourage them.
b. 7riefl( recap "hat transpired in .odule ne1 going o!er the progression of the tal#s.
Gi!e a brief pre!ie" of .odule T"o.
c. Stress the importance of pra(er and Scripture.
d. Introduce indi!idual pra(ers of than#sgi!ing and petition. Gi!e a !er( brief
e-hortation on this.
e. pening song>s? and indi!idual pra(ers of than#sgi!ing and petition.
;ote6 Items ) to / should ta#e no more than 1C minutes. The indi!idual pra(ers of
than#sgi!ing and petition should not ta#e longer than + to 1C minutes.
$. Team meeting after the session6
a. *ear the report of each group.
b. 5nd "ith a short pra(er.
F. %%%I&* *o. 6
1. Team meeting prior to session6
a. 9esol!e an( <uestions or problems "ith regard to the Team .anual in relation to the
tal# and the session's goals.
b. 9emind them to continue to support and acti!el( participate in the opening pra(er.
c. Close "ith a short pra(er.
2. Team meeting after the session6
a. *ear the report of each group.
b. 5nd "ith a short pra(er.
G. %%%I&* *o. 7
1. Team meeting prior to session6
a. 9esol!e an( <uestions or problems "ith regard to the Team .anual in relation to the
tal# and the session's goals.
b. 9emind the team to continue to support and acti!el( participate in the opening
c. Close "ith a short pra(er.
2. Team meeting after the session6
a. *ear the report of each group.
b. 5nd "ith a short pra(er.
$. /uring the "ee#6
a. .a#e arrangements "ith a priest to hear the confessions of those participants "ho
ma( "ant this. This should be scheduled an(time during the "ee# after Session B.
*o"e!er1 it should not be scheduled immediatel( prior to Session I1 because it ma(
undul( dela( the session.
b. *a!e the team members gone through a Tongues 0or#shopG If not1 and if there is
a need1 arrange for one.
). %%%I&* *o. 8
1. Team meeting prior to session6
a. 9esol!e an( <uestions or problems "ith regard to the Team .anual in relation to the
tal# and the session's goals.
b. 9emind the team of the indi!idual meetings for the coming "ee#. The( should
ma#e definite schedules during the discussion period. The( should meet as earl( as
possible "ithin the coming "ee#.
c. Close "ith a short pra(er.
2. 7efore the close of the session6
a. Inform the participants about the arrangements that ha!e been made for confession.
5ncourage them to a!ail of this.
b. Congratulate them for ha!ing finished .odule T"o of the CLP. 5ncourage them to
go on1 and to loo# for"ard to still better things to come.
$. Team meeting after the session6
a. *ear the report of each group.
b. 9eiterate the importance of the indi!idual meetings.
c. Go o!er the guide for the oneAtoAone in the Team .anual.
d. 9emind them to refer an( problems immediatel( to the team leader. /on't "ait for
the ne-t session's team meeting.
e. 5ncourage them to themsel!es a!ail of the confession that has been arranged.
f. Gi!e the details of the Tongues 0or#shop1 if an(.
g. Chec# if the( all ha!e pra(er partners for ne-t "ee#'s session. The( should meet
"ith them prior to ne-t "ee#'s session in order to go o!er1 discuss and coordinate
the pra(er session. ne pra(er partner should be enough.
h. 9emind the team of the greater potential for Satan's attac#s on themsel!es and on
the participants1 as "e near the baptism in the *ol( Spirit. Stress the need for
continued spiritual "arfare. Pra(1 fast1 read God's "ord1 stud(1 go to .ass and
i. 9emind the team that the team meeting prior to the session ne-t "ee# "ill be held
$C minutes >at least? earlier1 in order to discuss the d(namics of the pra(er session.
2. 5nd "ith pra(er.
I. %%%I&* *o. 9
1. Team meeting prior to session >at least $C minutes prior to the session?6
a. 9esol!e an( <uestions or problems "ith regard to the Team .anual in relation to the
tal# and the session's goals.
b. Muic#l( chec# ho" the oneAtoAones "ent1 and if there are an( other concerns or
problems that ha!e not (et been referred to (ou.
c. 9esol!e an( <uestions or problems "ith regard to the pra(er session.
 Go o!er the chronolog( of the pra(er session1 including location and
arrangement of persons to be pra(ed "ith.
 9emind the team that pra(ing o!er each indi!idual should not ta#e too long.
Perhaps onl( about 1CA1+ minutes.
 Let the team be a"are of the o!erall length of time a!ailable for the pra(er
session. ) good rule of thumb for the o!erall length of time for pra(ing o!er is6
number of participants in biggest group - 1C or 1+ minutes. *o"e!er1 tr( to
#eep the o!erall pra(ingAo!er time to not more than one hour. ;o one group
should ta#e so long that the( #eep e!er(one else "aiting.
 9emind the team that "hen the( finish pra(ing o!er their participants to continue
pri!ate pra(er or to 2oin in the singing until e!er(one has been pra(ed "ith.
9efrain from tal#ing1 gossiping1 etc. )ll other couples present should maintain a
solemn and pra(erful atmosphere throughout the pra(er session.
d. Tell the team "e "ill start !ocal pra(er >simultaneous praising1 etc.?. The team
members should support the team leader b( participating acti!el(. Praise 2o(full(
and "ith !igor3
e. .a#e certain the music ministr( is all set up and agree on the songs to be sung.
f. *a!e a period of group intercession for the team and the participants.
2. Prior to the main tal#6
a. 0elcome participants to .odule Three of the CLP. 5ncourage them.
b. 7riefl( recap "hat transpired in .odules ne and T"o. Gi!e a brief pre!ie" of
.odule Three.
c. Gi!e mini tal# on !ocal pra(er >see )nne- C?.
 This ma( be gi!en b( the spea#er. If so1 ma#e sure he is informed beforehand.
d. Full charismatic pra(er.
;ote 6 Items ) and 7 should ta#e no more than 1C minutes1 item C about 1+ minutes1
and item / about + minutes >not counting songs?.
$. Pra(er session after the main tal#6
a. 5-plain procedure.
b. Pra(er of commitment to Christ.
 The participants should ans"er J45SJ to the first $ <uestions.
 Then the( read the pra(er together >or repeat after the leader if the( ha!e no
copies on hand?.
c. Start of continuous singing.
d. /iscussion leaders call their people one b( one and pra( o!er them.
e. 0hen e!er(one has been pra(ed "ith1 teach them about singing in tongues. Then
ha!e a short "orship time.
 Sing a song of praise >a li!el( one?
 Simultaneous praising
 Sing a song of "orship
 Sing in tongues
 Pra(er of the leader
f. Turn o!er to spea#er for JClosing 5-hortationJ.
'. Team meeting after the session6
a. Go o!er the results of the pra(er session. Let e!er(one share on "hat happened.
b. Tell the team to follo" up on those "ho "ere not JtouchedJ b( the pra(er session or
"ho had negati!e impressions. The( should e-plain1 reassure and e-hort.
c. 5nd "ith pra(er.
:. %%%I&* *o. 1;
1. Team meeting prior to session6
a. 9esol!e an( <uestions or problems "ith regard to the Team .anual in relation to the
tal# and the session's goals.
b. 9emind the team to acti!el( participate in the opening charismatic pra(er.
c. Close "ith a short pra(er.
2. )fter the tal#6
5ncourage the participants to a!ail of the !arious publications of CFCASFC as their tools
to gro"th.
a. /ail( pra(er guide1 magaFines1 boo#s1 etc.
b. *a!e subscription forms read(.
$. Team meeting after the session6
a. *ear the report of each group.
b. 5nd "ith a short pra(er.
-. %%%I&* *o. 11
1. Team meeting prior to session6
a. 9esol!e an( <uestions or problems "ith regard to the Team .anual in relation to the
tal# and the session's goals.
b. 9emind the team to acti!el( participate in the opening charismatic pra(er.
c. Tell the discussion leaders to encourage their members to bu( and subscribe to our
published pastoral materials.
d. Close "ith a short pra(er.
2. )fter the tal#6
a. *and out a cop( of our Statement of .ission1 our Statement of Philosoph(1 and the
CFCASFC co!enant1 together "ith the regular handout.
b. 5-hort the participants to seriousl( thin# and pra( about the commitment the( "ill
underta#e ne-t "ee#.
$. Team meeting after the session6
a. *ear the report of each group.
b. Inform the team the( ma( in!ite SFC members to the dedication session ne-t "ee#
for the acceptance of the ne" members.
c. 5nd "ith a short pra(er.
'. 0ithin the "ee#6
a. Prepare the official SFC I./. cards.
b. Prepare the Jgraduation #itJ to be gi!en to the ne" members1 consisting of the
 0elcome letter from CFC Council >See )nne- 5?
 Commitment cards
 I./. cards
 Lord's /a( boo#let >one per couple?
 SFC stic#er >one per couple?
 7ible reading guide >one per person?
 Guidelines for business dealings
c. 0or# out the household groupings in consultation "ith the super!ising =nit *ead
and%or the Chapter *ead.
L. %%%I&* *o. 12
1. Team meeting prior to session6
a. 9esol!e an( <uestions or problems "ith regard to the Team .anual in relation to the
tal# and the sessions's goals.
b. Go o!er the chronolog( of the dedication ceremon(.
c. )rrange the music ministr('s role and the songs to be sung.
d. Close "ith pra(er.
2. )fter the dedication ceremon(6
a. It is possible to solicit sharings at this time from the participants.
b. Set the Lord's /a( celebration and entertainment night on the ne-t Saturda( from
toda(. Gi!e details of !enue1 time1 etc.
 Inform them to prepare group presentations.
c. Tell the participants that the( "ill be formed into household groups and "ill be
informed accordingl(.
d. 5ncourage the ne" members to subscribe to our !arious publications as helps in
their Christian life.
e. Fello"ship.
$. Team meeting after the session6
a. Chec# if e!er(one made the commitment.
b. Go o!er the results of the "hole CLP.
c. Solicit comments1 suggestions1 criticism1 feedbac#.
d. Than# the team for their "or#.
e. 5nd "ith pra(er.
!. L&#"$% "A/ CL'#ATI&* < *T#TAI*!*T *IG)T
1. SFC elders and other members ma( be in!ited to this e!ening.
2. ) short e-planation of the Lord's /a( celebration1 and its part in the life of a CFCASFC
famil(1 should be made >see )nne- /?.
$. )fter the blessing of the bread >as it is being passed around and eaten? and before the
main meal1 sharings from the ne" members ma( be solicited.
'. )fter the Lord's /a( closing pra(ers1 ha!e the entertainment and group presentations.
+. 7efore closing the e!ening1 announce the household groupings. The heads of the ne"
households should immediatel( meet "ith their members in order to decide on their
regular meeting schedules1 !enue and other details. *ousehold meetings start
immediatel( on the coming "ee#.
*. AFT# T) CLP
1. Settle all cash ad!ances made b( or to the !arious indi!iduals in!ol!ed.
2. .a#e sure the ser!ant has made arrangements for the proper disposition of all CFC N
SFC propert(1 li#e chairs1 sound s(stems1 papers1 songboo#s1 etc.
$. Pass on all rele!ant comments1 suggestions and feedbac# to the SFC Pro!incial or )rea
'. Submit a financial report in "riting to the CFC office1 including the info sheets and final
household groupings.
+. .a#e sure that the ne" members are all properl( placed in household groups and
starting to attend same.

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