A great way to facilitate depth is to begin the first meeting with a relaxed activity in an effort to get to know something about each person in the group. Common icebreaker games like sharing favorite colors or embarrassing moments and “forced fun” games that require movement often have the opposite effect. Instead, try to begin with an activity that lets each person engage authentically without being required to share too much personal information too quickly. A great option for small groups is to ask everyone to be prepared to share something about their spiritual journey for up to five minutes. Each person can choose whether to give a short version of their whole faith journey or describe a current devotional or prayer practice.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Gather Us In: Leading Transformational Small Groups (Upper Room Books, 2020)
What is your favorite question or activity that helps group members get to know each other?
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Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
—Romans 14:19 (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.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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