|The Self-Awareness Phase of the Living Free Small Group Format||
|By gkeylon | 12 Jul 2012|
To continue our four-part series on the Living Free small group format, the second sequential part of the meeting is the self-awareness phase.
After the introduction phase (go-around) is completed, the facilitator will lead the group into the self-awareness phase. Self-awareness is a time to practice James 5:16. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (NIV) It is important to stay on the subject matter. This is a time to focus on needs and healing, not to have a “martyr or pity party.” This phase will introduce the topic for the current lesson and will provide relevant discussion questions. Allow for 20-25 minutes for this phase.
It is suggested in self-awareness that the facilitators ask the group members to share as they wish, unlike the sharing question in the introduction phase where everyone is encouraged to participate. This is because people will be at various comfort levels, and they should not feel pressured to self-disclose if they are uncomfortable. As the group continues to meet, trust will be given an opportunity to grow and give everyone a greater comfort level.
Remember, prayer is always in order. If a group member is hurting during this phase, stop and pray. One of the facilitators may lead in prayer or ask another group member to lead the prayer. This says two things to the group member: (1) each member is important, and (2) you care about each individual.
Next time, we will look into the Spiritual Awareness phase of the small group meeting.
Excerpts from Small Group Skills Guide. />