January 31, 2008 | Comments Off
Rex L. Stancil has an excellent post called “Treat or Refer” at “I Had Been Thinking…”. He strongly recommends that pastors and small group leaders provide a healthy community, but that they not get involved in long-term counseling of group members. He sets out very wise guidelines for all of us.
How does your group make decisions? How do you decide what to study, how large you will be, when you will split? Groups have different personalities and different ways of making decisions. In some groups, the leader is the benevolent dictator, issuing decisions by fiat. If that’s the culture and it’s handled with sensitivity, that [...]
January 20, 2008 | Comments Off
Well, the topic has come up in our group again. There has been a push for at least the last year to add members to our nine-person group. I’ve been odd-woman-out, insisting that we’re just the right size. We just got word that one of the couples has moved on to another church, creating yet [...]
The Christian Post reports on a survey of the “unchurched” in America. The study found that most are willing to hear what people have to say about Christianity but a majority also sees the church as a place full of hypocrites. LifeWay Research studied 1,402 adults who were unchurched – those who had not attended [...]
January 6, 2008 | Comments Off
Congratulations to Joy Gray of San Francisco, who won the most recent drawing for a copy of Why Didn’t You Warn Me? How to Deal with Challenging Group Members. Joy won simply by commenting on the blog in November. My apologies to my newsletter readers. I’ve been rethinking the newsletter, trying to figure out how [...]