It doesn’t matter what stage you are in with your discipleship group, there’s going to be a moment when you start wondering whether the people in your group are connecting with one another. Even if they’re starting to open up to each other with a little more ease, there are steps we can take as leaders to ensure the connection your members have with each other goes beyond the superficial and are, instead, the kinds of relationships that lead to life change. So without further ado, let’s explore how you can foster meaningful connection in your discipleship group. There are three primary reasons we want to sure up the relationships among those in your group: 1. You’re Growing Together This group of people is who you’re going to spend the next 12-18 months with. You’re going to be speaking into each other’s lives, which needs to come from a place of understanding and love–and you need everybody on the same page if that is going to happen. 2. Accountability and Community are Crucial Two of the MARCS of a disciple are “Accountable” and “Communal.” Neither of these can happen in a vacuum, and neither of them will happen by accident. We need to be intentional about strengthening the bonds of those in our groups. 3. Trust Precedes Transparency Before there can be accountability, there needs to be connection. True connection with a brother or sister in Christ stems from transparency. But without trust, transparency will never happen. If you can cultivate an atmosphere of trust among your members, the rest of these will fall in line. If you’re having trouble strengthening the connection between your group members, try some of the following strategies:
How to Foster Connection in Your Discipleship Group
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