Caring for Group Members
One of the essential roles of any group is to provide accountability, belonging, and care for each of its members.
But that doesn't mean you're a counselor, therapist, or pastor. It just means that your group acts as a first-responder when a group members runs into challenging circumstances and needs support.
Most of the time, caring for group members involves small acts that create relational connection. But every once in a while, it can mean helping a group member get help from a trained professional.
Articles about Providing Care
If Jesus told us to expect grief and loss, why is it so difficult when we find ourselves grieving? Why do we have such a hard time comforting others when they are grieving?
Moving toward the holidays while carrying the weight of loss can prompt feelings of depression, despair, or numb emotions — the opposite of what our society and culture expects of us.
It's important that you foster a collaborative relationship with a church staff member now—even if it's currently smooth sailing in your group. You'll want that relationship in place in the event that one of your group members enters a difficult season.