G4 Groups Update Week 3

Hello Everyone!

We’re on week two of meeting virtually and I hope that we will continue to serve your needs during this difficult time of social-distancing. During this weeks video below we will be walking through the importance of community.

Prayer points for this week:

  1. Pray for all those impacted by the corona virus not just physically but emotionally and those who are impacted with things such as jobs.
  2. Pray for those in healthcare who are working tirelessly to keep others safe.
  3. Pray for parents who are now not only working from home but are full-time teachers/educators/stay-at-home parents.
  4. Pray for G4 leadership, group facilitators, and participants as we all strive to serve and love our community during this time of hardship.

Please continue to look for updates from your group leaders about the specifics of your groups.

Why New Year’s Resolutions Go Unresolved

No one sets goals to intentionally fail at them, but year after year it happens to people who make New Year’s resolutions. G4-1It’s why the gym is always crowded in January, busy in March, and empty by June. Whether people make resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight, or even become emotionally healthier the goals are often pushed aside if not completely forgotten relatively early in the year. Why is it that people who start the year with so much excitement about change so quickly lose steam?

Change Requires a Process

We often make resolutions in an area of life that we desire to see change happen but have previously been unable to see it through. Continue reading

Which Group is Right for You?

The decision of which group would best serve a new participant is one of the more difficult questions that is asked early in the process of attending G4. G4-1Finding the starting point for each participant can be difficult because some feel as though they have many prominent issues that need to be addressed. Given the limited amount of information that you are given by participants as they register for the first time, you are going to help them decide which group will best serve their needs. Below are five levels at which a person might find themselves which will tell them which group is right for them.

The level of self-awareness will typically increase as you move down the levels. A struggle at a higher level might exhibit symptoms of a lower struggle but without addressing the higher issue first; for example, an addiction should be addressed before a skill. To address a lower level struggle without addressing those at a higher level, it is more likely that the lower level struggle will return because it is a symptom of the other. Continue reading

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