“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”
“We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.”
2 CORINTHIANS 6:11-13
Setting the Right Environment for Your Group
Growth requires vulnerability. As leaders, it is our responsibility to create environments that encourage people to be open and real. Two key principles for creating this kind of environment:
- The vulnerability and openness of the leader. If you aren’t willing to be open and real about who you really are and where you need growth others won’t be either.
- An atmosphere of trust and safety. None of us are willing to be vulnerable if the relationship doesn’t feel safe. Leaders must cultivate acceptance, trust, and confidentiality in order to encourage vulnerability.
People are more likely to open up when they feel comfortable. As leaders we want to promote an environment of hospitality.
- Provide a clean and comfortable meeting space.
- Seek to minimize distractions.
- Offer refreshments.
- Engage everyone in a non-threatening way.
- Some personalities will take longer than others to engage. Be inclusive, but patient.