LIFE GROUP VALUES
|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)
| 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