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
Your group member doesn't have to be alone in their struggle, and neither do you.
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.