We gather once a week and each share the latest anecdotes about work, life, and kids. At one point, I nicknamed our group, “The Tribe” and it stuck. At first, we were strangers but as we gathered weekly, we pulled off our masks. Our stories became threads that weaved into each other’s lives. These strangers are now my people: my truth tellers, my warriors, my accountability partners. They are my built-in family.
This is the essence of what a small group is about. The key to building such a strong bond is the intimacy created through sharing real life with each other.
We’ve all encountered awkward small groups. For one reason or another the group didn’t click. Conversations stayed on the surface and more times than not, silence filled the room. Disappointment reaches high levels and we drop the group while still yearning for connection.
It’s vital to create an environment where people connect and thrive. Most followers of Christ will state small groups are one of the many tools that help them stay grounded in their faith and expand the way they experience God.
Life groups are crucial for spiritual growth but how does a small group leader nurture these relationships and encourage real talk? It begins with creating an environment where the depth of community can be transformative. While there is no perfect formula, here are seven tips to create more intimacy and encourage real talk in your small group.
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