Friday, December 13, 2013

Understanding the rhythms of group life

By Bill Donahue

Groups, like families and individuals, move through seasons and stages. These affect the flow and rhythm of the group and require the leader to navigate both subtle and dramatic changes. First lets look at group stages, and then seasons that groups experience.

There are shifts and adjustments required when building any group-based ministry or in simply leading a group. Shifts and changes within groups can be just as challenging as the ones that take place across the entire ministry. Small group point leaders often overlook the fact that, like any other living organism, small groups progress through cycles and changes. Guiding groups and leaders through these changes requires awareness and skill.