Great groups provide the opportunity to experience a healing replay of one’s family-of-origin dynamics. As group members gravitate toward roles similar to those they played in their families of origin, the group may be able to offer the opportunity for individuals to relive old family conflicts in helpful, healing ways. For instance, if you know group members are projecting a parental dynamic onto you, you may have the opportunity to respond more lovingly than their parents typically responded. Group members who develop sibling-like relationships may have the opportunity to have less competitive, less judgmental, and more loving encounters with one another than they had with their respective siblings.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Gather Us In: Leading Transformational Small Groups (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
—2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
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.
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