Meta Groups consist of 3-10 people who agree to meet for 90 minutes each week (for 10 weeks) to participate in a specific interest, activity, or topic during that cycle. Included in each session is a 30-minute period dedicated to discussing spiritual principles (materials provided by Shiloh).
Each host determines his/her topic/activity for the 10-week cycle and sets the day, time and location with Shiloh's approval. Venue options: living room, spacious garage, protected back yard, office conference room, community center, library meeting room, etc. Requirement: it must be available at NO CHARGE and accommodate the chosen activity.
Each host personally invites attendees or receives a request to join through Shiloh. The host contacts the potential member and makes the decision to accept the request or not. NO specific location information is provided publicly nor to requesting individuals until the actual invitation is made by the host. (This process keeps the group from exceeding the 10 person limit; precludes "walk-ins" and helps to insure everyone's safety and comfort.)
- There is NO FEE charged for attending a group, with the exception of Science of Mind (SOM)/Shiloh curriculum study groups where a tuition/materials charge is applied. SOM/Shiloh curriculum groups are teaching sessions conducted by a SOM minister or practitioner.
The host is responsible for preparing the space and facilitating the group's process, not teaching content. There is no teaching required of hosts.
Every NEW host must attend a 2-hour training session prior to cycle start. Every host has access to coaching throughout their hosting period.
Wk 1: meet & greet; each person makes the commitment to attend and appropriately participate.
Wk 2-7: participate in the activity/topic, with a portion of each session spent in discussion about spiritual principles.
Wk 8: group social gathering/meal.
Wk 9: group community service activity. (group chooses)
Wk 10: celebration of group experience; share at Shiloh during Sunday Wake-UP! service.
Upon completion of each 10-week cycle, there is a recess of 2-3 weeks, followed by the next 10-week cycle. (There are 3 cycles per year) Each person may choose to continue with the same group, host a group, or join a different activity group, etc.