This resource, from the appendix of Grief, God's Help in Times of Sorrow, by Cathy Maddams & Jim Reapsome, provides valuable tips as you prepare to facilitate a group with participants who have experienced grief and loss.
Challenges in Your Group
In geometry, a tangent is a line that touches a curve or another surface at only one point. In conversation, a tangent is digressing suddenly from one course of action or thought and turning to another. It’s crucial to the health of your group that everyone recognize tangents for what they are and help each other keep to the course that you set out on!
If any participants in your group are parents, your group may need to come up with a plan for childcare. It’s worth it to work out the logistics! Here are some tips to consider.
When someone shares a personal crisis in a small group, two things are most appropriate to do: Listen and pray!
Groups normally have some participants who talk more than others. Occasionally these people monopolize the conversation and it becomes a problem. Others are not given a chance to talk, and become discouraged or silently irritated. Quiet people are not usually destructive to your group, but they may need some encouragement to participate in the discussion. Try these ideas to spark healthy interactions that include all of the participants in your Q Place.
A discussion group that regularly has twelve to fifteen people present is likely to benefit greatly by forming two groups. However, making the decision to divide a large group usually meets with resistance. When you can explain the benefits of multiplying and when you go about it in a way that affirms relationships that you have developed, the results are well worth the effort!
The health of a discussion group may be hindered by many kinds of self-centered and disruptive actions and attitudes that you may find in yourself as well as in other group members. Use this resource to recognize common challenges and be ready with a response so that ongoing patterns won’t destroy the group.