Affirmation   It is important to create an atmosphere
  where group members affirm and
  encourage one another, build each other
  up in Christ, and help each other grow.
Availability   Group members and their resources of
  time, attention, insight, as well as material
  resources are available to each other in
  order to meet needs and serve one another.
Honest   The desire to be honest with each other is
  critical to authentic relationships. In order
  for trust to be built among group members,
  they must speak the truth in love, so that
  “we will in all things grow up into Him who
  is the Head, that is Christ.” (Eph. 4:15)
In depth
BIBLE study
  As the group goes deeper into God’s Word,
  they not only learn more of the character of
  God but also are challenged to live out His
  character in the world.
Openness   Openness in the relationships within the
  group promotes honesty and an ease of
  sharing feelings, struggles, joys, and hurts.
  Reaching the goal of authentic relationships
  begins with being open with each other.
Participation   Everyone is given the right to their own
  opinion, and “dumb questions” are
  encouraged and respected. We are
  committed to participating.
Prayer   Prayer is valued in group life. Prayer
  encourages group members to be humble,
  knowing that all comes from God.  In
  prayer, they also feel values and come to
  understand their own worth. As the group
  sees God move to answer prayer concerns
  of members the whole group will grow in
  their understanding of God.
Safety   Honest, open relationships must be guarded
  with an agreement of safety that what is said
  in the group will remain confidential, that
  opinions will be respected and differences
  will be allowed.
Sensitivity   A commitment to sensitivity to the needs,
  feelings, backgrounds, and current
  situations of other group members will help
  build relationships in the group. This includes
  taking advantage of professional expertise
  of a member as a result of group meetings
  (e.g. asking the member who is a plumber
  to take a look at the leaky faucet) and
  agreeing not to gossip or speak derogatorily 
  about people not at the meeting.
Transparency   We will be “real” with God and with each
  other, becoming vulnerable with other
  group members.  This is an imperfect
  group for imperfect people in an
  imperfect church.


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