Structure and Flexibility in the Group

We believe that in order for groups to function properly, there must be structure. Without clear boundaries and framework, each group would begin to evolve into their own separate ministries. The structure and consistency of the groups allows for group members to have security each week when they arrive.G4-1

However, a group that chooses to operate without flexibility built into the structure will cause a group to become stagnant and overly predictable. The following reminders serve to help you understand the balance between structure and flexibility. Continue reading

Appropriate Use of Curriculum

In core value number six, we include the need for a guided process in our groups. While we do not exclusively mean the written curriculum, it is an important part of how we gain structure for each of our groups. G4-1With a variety of topics and different curriculum there is no one size fits all solution for how to use curriculum in group. It is the job of the group leader to use their groups curriculum to the benefit of the group that they are leading.

It is important to remember that the curriculum is a tool that is meant to be utilized by group leaders and their participants. While the curriculum is designed to give a thorough and useful understanding of its topic, as with any tool, it is only as effective as person using the curriculum. For this reason, it is imperative that each leader be intimately familiar with their curriculum. This expectation means that leaders should: Continue reading

Introducing the Curriculum

Moving from the relational portion of the evening into the more structured portion of the night can be difficult and seem somewhat cold in tone if done poorly. G4-1Our goal is that participants would be introduced to the curriculum in a way that would help them understand the importance of the material and the structure of our groups. Again, much like the group introductions this will be different for each group depending on the number of participants, current place in the curriculum, and how group leaders use the curriculum within the context of the group. Continue reading

Dealing with Difficult Issues in Group

Inevitably, issues are going to arise within the group. G4-1No matter how well you facilitate the group, there will be times that the group will be difficult because these groups are comprised of hurting, broken people. The most important thing to remember when dealing with difficult people is that to the best of your ability, be sure that you are able to keep your cool. Below are some of the most common issues that might arise during group: Continue reading

Assessing the Group

In order to gauge the effectiveness of the group, there are key markers that distinguish an effective group. At semi-regular intervals, it is important that you evaluate the group to ensure that there is effectiveness and consistency among the groups. The following are questions that we as a ministry will use to assess groups for effectiveness and consistency: Continue reading