"I am the vine; you are the branches." (John 15:5)

Growing Deeper

If you’re in a newer group or a group with a new person or people, you probably understand that until people get to know each other a bit, they will not say or share too much. That doesn’t mean they won’t talk, it just means the talk won’t be as significant as it could be.

Connection happens gradually, even in a small group setting. One rule of thumb to understand is that the leader often sets the tone in terms of going deeper into life issues. What that means is that your group may only be willing to go as deep as you go or may only be willing to be as vulnerable as you’re willing to be.

If you want people to open up, open up yourself. If you want your group to transform lives, be willing to let them transform yours… Do it gradually and people will follow your example and begin to open up.

This means that the next time you’re struggling or in trouble, you not only can, but should tell your group. They will listen to you and pray for you. In doing this, you’re teaching them how to be vulnerable. When they open up to you, you can teach them how to pray and support and not judge. By modeling the entire cycle, you not only teach them, but you also get love and support from people who care about you!
If you are willing to let your group transform your life, the people in your group will see this and from that, they will learn how to let the group transform their lives when they need it.

Now that’s a Win – Win!
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our next Small Group Leaders training on May 15 1 PM at Perkins. NOTE: We are meeting on the third Sunday in May since the second Sunday is Mothers day.
Thank you for the time and energy you invest in your small group. It’s a great way to serve!!!
Will Singer


April 22, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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