It’s a good idea for every group to put words to their shared values, expectations and commitments. Such agreements will help you avoid unspoken agendas and unmet expectations. We recommend you discuss your agreement during week one (1) in order to lay a foundation for healthy group exercises.
Share these core values with your group and agree on them to set the expectation of a healthy group culture!
Meaningful, encouraging relationships are the foundation of a dynamic small group. Teaching, discussion, worship and prayer are important elements of a group meeting, but the depth of each element is often dependent upon the depth of the relationships between members.
Building a sense of community within your group requires that members prioritize their relationships with one another. This means being available to listen, care for one another and meet each other’s needs.
Mutual respect is shown when members value others’ opinions (even when they disagree) and are careful to never belittle or embarrass others in the group (including their spouses).
A healthy small group environment encourages sincerity and transparency. Members treat each other with grace in areas of weakness, allowing each other room to grow.
To develop authenticity and a sense of safety within the group, each member must be able to trust that things discussed within the group will not be shared outside the group.
Group members will share the responsibility of group meetings by using their God-given abilities to serve at each gathering. Some may greet, some may host, some may teach, etc. Each person should be available to care for one another as needed.
Dynamic small groups are borne when the leader consistently seeks and is responsive to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, following His leading throughout the meeting as opposed to sticking to the “agenda.” This is especially important during the discussion and ministry time.
Dynamic small groups take the time to have fun! Create an atmosphere for fun, and be willing to laugh at yourselves every now and then!