Sample Small Group Values
All groups operate according to certain values and expectations. Often these go unspoken or unwritten. In order to foster open communication and clarity about the purpose and values of the group, it is important to get your core values in writing. Below you find values that are key for small group relationships. This is only a sample set of values. You and your group should create your own list with the kinds of values central to your group. Again, consider your ministry when deciding on the right approach for your group. The important thing is that your members are committed to growing in interpersonal relationships and maturity in Christ.
To create an atmosphere where group members affirm and encourage one another, build each other up in Christ, and help each other grow.
To share time, attention, and insight, as well as material resources with others in order to met needs and serve one another.
To come together before God. In prayer we feel valued and come to understand our own worth as we understand God’s love and power.
To be authentic in relationships, sharing our feelings, struggles, joys and hurts. To open the group to new members.
To speak the truth in love, so that “we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” Ephesians 4:15
- Safety and Confidentiality.
To keep in confidence what is said in the group. To respect opinions and differences thereby promoting openness.
To be sensitive to the needs, feelings, backgrounds, and current situations of other group members in order to build relationships.
To voluntarily submit to another group member(s) for support, encouragement, and help in a particular area of your life.
To expand the community of believers through sharing your faith, inviting others to the groups, and outreach activities.
To have your group grow and birth a new group. To see more people connected in Christian community, growing in relationship with Christ.