Branch Facilitator Responsibilities

Here you will find the resources to assist you in the role of Branch Facilitator. You will find a description of the job and a calendar to guide you on your path.

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Job Description

Branch Facilitator Description: The Branch Facilitator oversees and coordinates the business and activities of the Branch, shepherds the Branch, prepares and presents Spiritual Reflections for the Branch.

The Branch Facilitator will:

  1. Have love for the Lord, love for God’s people, love for God’s Word and be committed to The Cornerstone Catholic Scripture Study.
  2. Have served as a Branch Facilitator-in-Formation.
  3. Develop his/her personal spirituality through daily prayer, participation in the sacraments, guided spiritual direction, Scripture study, spiritual reading, etc.
  4. Pray daily for The Cornerstone Catholic Scripture Study, the Branch, the Branch Ministry Team and the Branch members.
  5. Lead the weekly Branch Sessions.
  6. Shepherd members of the Branch Ministry Team.
  7. Prepare and present 15-20 minute Spiritual Reflections to be given at the weekly Branch sessions using Scripture, The Cornerstone commentaries and other supplemental materials. (Refer to Spiritual Reflection handouts – Section SR) Strive to include the historical and theological background of Scripture, as applicable in the Spiritual Reflection and to share personal reflections relating the scripture passage to daily living.
  8. Facilitate the Core Ministry Team meeting session, which includes Branch business, sharing answers of the week’s study questions and shared prayer and occurs prior to the general Branch session.
  9. Shepherd Ministry Team members through frequent personal communication and attention to individual needs.
  10. Prayerfully discern and choose members of the Core Ministry Team and Branch Ministry Team. This will include conferring with the prospective members’ Small Group Facilitators and others in the Small Group who might provide valuable insights concerning the individual.
  11. Schedule Ministry Team activities to foster group unity and promote fellowship (i.e. luncheons/dinners, retreats, summer activities, etc.).
  12. Inform Co-Branch Facilitator of impending absences.
  13. Review and approve all decisions for the Branch and all printed materials, announcements and presentations given to the membership.
  14. Oversee the Focus Ministry and preview all Focus presentations.
  15. Communicate regularly with Shepherding Board Branch Mentors.
  16. Assist and mentor the Branch Facilitator(s)-in-Formation as they discern their call to ministry and develop necessary skills

Branch Facilitator Calendar

** [BC] These jobs are the responsibility of the Branch Coordinator with input from the Branch Facilitator(s). Branch Facilitator(s) are responsible for checking with the Branch Coordinator(s) to see that they are being done.


By the first of May, the Ministry Team should be in place, and new members can then be invited to attend all or some of the Summer Ministry Team Meetings.


Meet with the core Ministry Team [Branch Facilitator(s), Branch Coordinators, Facilitators & Alternates]—ideally one time per month to pray, to talk over the evaluations, to socialize and to plan for the next year.


Make plans for June meeting early in the month. [Possible suggestions]



Talk with the Branch Coordinators about putting together the small groups for the coming year. This can be done randomly, but always with prayer. Certain considerations should also be kept in mind when assigning members to a group in order for the groups to have more diversity and to run more effectively.

*Some changes may need to be made after getting input from the Small Group Facilitators.

August - September

Arrange a date in late August or early September for training new Small Group Facilitators and Alternates for the Branch.


The Cornerstone year begins.

September - October

***Throughout the year, the Focus minister will make sure that the written Focuses are submitted to the Branch Facilitator(s)at least a week before the session in which it will be presented.
***The Branch Facilitator(s)will go over the Focus with the person to make sure that the material is appropriate, organized and follows the Focus Guidelines.


For those Branches that have a retreat…a date will be arranged for retreat, and a retreat director will be chosen and invited to present the talks. The Retreat Minister/s will do this, with prayerful input and direction from the Branch Facilitators. The Ministry Team should, also, have input in these decisions. Careful consideration should be given to the dates of Easter, and school Spring Breaks. The Retreat Minister/s from the Branch will arrange the other details of the retreat—with prayerful direction from the Branch Facilitators. Other branches will be notified of the dates so they can inform and invite their membership to the retreat—space permitting. The dates of the retreat should be posted on The Cornerstone Website.

February / March

Retreats will be given in February or March for those Branches that offer mid-year retreats.


They will be given several weeks to pray.
Those to be called by the Branch Facilitator(s) are:

  1. Small Group Facilitators
  2. Alternate Facilitators
  3. Focus Minister(s)
    (Or people to do the Focuses if the Branch is not yet large enough to have a Focus Minister)
  4. Branch Coordinator(s)
  5. Anyone who may be asked to give a Spiritual Reflection—
    (potential Branch Facilitators-in-training)

Other Ministry Team Members will be called by either the Branch Facilitator(s)or the Branch Coordinators.

All who have offered to help should be called and thanked for their consideration. An alternative ministry might be suggested to those who are not needed in the ministry for which they volunteered.

March or April

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