A deeper connection is possible through ongoing interaction, as we sit together in a small group and study scripture, share a meal, and listen to one another’s stories and experiences. Small groups provide one route from an initial, meaningful connection to an experience of emotional and spiritual transformation. As a psychologist, I want to be a catalyst for change, helping people navigate their relationships with greater self-awareness, skill, and self-respect in order to experience transformation. We can all experience transformation through our relationships with one another.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Gather Us In: Leading Transformational Small Groups (Upper Room Books, 2020)
What small groups have helped you forge meaningful connections with others?
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There are persons for companionship,
but then there are friends who are more loyal than family.
—Proverbs 18:24 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Thank you, God, for the opportunity to grow closer to you and to one another. We ask you to be present in our small-group meetings and to help us become more Christlike. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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Our basic need for belonging and connection to other people is magnified during times we have to be apart from others. Licensed psychologist and author of Gather Us In Dr. Angela D. Schaffner offers 10 helpful tips for running a quality Zoom group. Read more here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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