As you note the groups you’ve been a part of and the lessons learned in each, bring to mind what you already know based on your experience. For instance, through leading meal and therapy groups with clients who have eating disorders, I know the value of letting people take on challenges at their own pace and not overwhelming anyone with too much feedback all at once. Through exposure to family members with intense anxiety, I know how to provide a calming presence and have learned to set healthy boundaries and recognize when I begin to take on and absorb too much of others’ anxious tendencies. I now know it is not my job to fix another adult’s anxiety but simply to make space for it and provide loving support.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Gather Us In: Leading Transformational Small Groups (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.
—1 Corinthians 14:12 (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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