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On today’s episode, Chris, Brian, and Brandon talk about how to deal with difficult people in your group.
- What constitutes a difficult person in a group?
- What steps should you take with that person?
- At what point do you ask that person to leave the group?
- What if you are dealing with a toxic small group?
- When is it ok to disband a whole group?
We can misconstrue what is difficult for someone who is just a strong personality.
You have to have an awareness and availability to deal with bigger issues.
The difficult member can be someone who confesses the same sin every week.
Ask the question: How are you growing in your joy in Jesus in this area that keeps coming up?
Always start with “Yes, I am a sinner.” There are no non-sinners in that conversation.
Ask the person to help you understand where they are coming from first.
Ask yourself if you’ve done a good job of establishing what the vision of the group is.
No one should feel like a hero and bear something they are not ready to bear.
The Group Answers Podcast is a weekly show designed to resource, train, and encourage small group leaders. Each episode considers current trends and resources as well as timeless truths and methods of discipleship. It is hosted by Brian Daniel, a Bible study and discipleship expert in Lifeway’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at Lifeway and author of Small Groups for the Rest of Us.
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