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Groups That Play Together Stay Together and Grow Together

Groups that stick together, grow together. Relational growth within a small group context almost always leads to spiritual growth.

As we deepen our connections, our trust in one another grows, allowing us to be more authentic with each other and more open to correction from one another. When that authenticity and correction is prompted from and rooted in God's Word, spiritual fruit is the result.

Groups are often tempted to shortcut the "fun" times because they want to get to the "deeper" study. Unfortunately, without relational connections, most change is either intellectual or surface only and very temporal. Groups that spend time getting to know one another are far more likely to produce long-term, Spirit-prompted life change.

One of the best practices a group can use to get to know one another is simply asking and answering questions. Well-crafted questions have the potential to create laughter, invite introspection and break down walls within the group. I recommend groups should spend time every week simply asking and answering questions about one another. Done consistently, this seemingly benign practice will reap a spiritual harvest.

Good questions can be found anywhere. The sample below is from Pinterest. The more you search for other people's questions, the more you'll understand which ones work and which ones don't. Eventually, you may be able to write your own. You really only need 1-3 questions per meeting. The image below is a great start!


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Here is a great exercise for a new group. The instructions are pretty simple. Go around the group giving each person the opportunity to choose one question and answer it honestly. Anyone can follow-up with an opinion or clarifying question (no critiquing each other's answers, though). Once a question has been answered, no one else may answer that question.

If your group is larger, you may want to alter the rule and allow each question to be answered 2 or 3 times. Ideally, each person should end up answering 3-5 questions.

As the leader, pay attention to the conversation. Let the discussion run its course as this is how people in the group build their relationships with one another. You can use these questions, modify them or create your own.