I just read an interesting article on Brain Based Business. While the article discusses dealing with people with personality disorders in the workplace, the same principles apply to such members in small groups.

You may run into people in your group who exhibit personality disorders. Of course, you aren’t qualified to deal with them on a professional level. But you are qualified to love them, encourage them, and minister healing to them. You can offer a community of caring. You can encourage small measures of growth. You can often help them to take the next step—or the first step—toward healing. . You can make a difference. So go ahead. Love them! And watch what God will do with your offering. I guarantee you that you’ll be amazed.

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  1. gary Sweeten on September 6, 2007 5:56 pm

    One person with a Personality Disorder can ruin not only your day and your small group but the entire church. So, tread lightly and prayerfully.

    I have taught on small groups and counseling in many nations and dysfunctional people may be the main reason groups fail. I have a process structure that I teach leaders to follow and that structure can prevent many problems.

  2. patsikora on September 6, 2007 8:18 pm

    Thanks, Gary. I’d love to know more about the structure. Where can we find out more? Frankly, I use your LIFE materials to deal with such people. Is there something better?

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