Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tips to Start A Widows Group

Have you ever thought about starting a widows group? It's pretty easy to do using my book, Postcards From The Widows Path. Last Thursday I posted the first weeks' group discussion questions, and this Thursday, will be week #2. They'll continue each Thursday into September, five weeks in all. You are permitted to copy and print today's guide and the five session posts, but not to charge for it. Freely you have received, freely give, like Jesus said. 

The following will help you see how a discussion group works and give you some pointers about the time frame and group dynamics. The principles apply even if you don't use my book. I just hope you'll start a group! If you'd like to receive a printed copy of the whole guide in the mail, please send your request and mailing address to me at WCplace@gmail.com

Discussion Guide
These simple guidelines will lay the groundwork for good discussions:

· Pray about starting your group. Pray about the time, location and who will come. Pray about everything! The Lord will guide you and be with you in every interaction.

· Postcards from the Widows’ Path is divided into 5 sections. Everyone should read the same section before they come. Each chapter only takes about 10 minutes a day.

· Decide on a time and place to regularly meet. Explain that your book discussion time will be around 45 minutes; the entire time together about an hour, or hour and a half if you’re dining. End at the agreed upon time even if you haven’t covered every question.

· Use this discussion guide to help you facilitate the conversation; or you may print off a copy for each person who will attend.  

· Let me emphasize this: I’ve given you too many questions! Don't use then all or you’ll never get through! Before meeting, select the ones you think most important or engaging for your particular group. The icebreaker questions are always optional.

· Create a "safe" environment for sharing. Let your group know that no one will be pressured to answer; what's said in the group stays in the group; set a box of Kleenex on the table. Crying will happen and it's okay.

· Give everyone an opportunity to talk. Remember that some people are reserved and will not speak up unless you provide them the opportunity. Don't hesitate to ask.

· The guide questions are designed to generate thought and conversation, not to find a right answer. This isn’t an exam. It’s a chance to talk, grow, and hope again.

· Questions? Just email me at WCplace@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to help you out.

5 Features to Love About A
‘Postcards from the Widows Path’ Group
· It only takes five sessions
· Adapt each discussion to the pertinent issues of your group
· Form new friendships with other widows who ‘get it.’
· Easily order more books at www.widowschristianplace.com
· The discussion guide is free! Although protected by copyright, the author grants permission for discussion groups to make as many copies as needed for free distribution to participants 

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