Making Your Small Group Work Tip 2

Tip 2: Being Attentive

Definition:
Being attentive is noticing and naming what is happening in both the group process and in individuals.

Biblical references:
• Proverbs 4:1 and 5:1—God wants us to be attentive to him
• Proverbs 22:17—God wants us to be attentive to others
• Romans 12:10—We honor each other when we pay attention

Why it’s important:
• Communicates love and care to those in your group
• Enables you to see where God is at work in the group
• Helps you to be aware of how people are doing in the group

How to do it:
• Pay attention to whether the following things are occurring in the group:
– Do people feel safe?
– Do they feel listened to and understood?
– Is the group asking follow-up questions?
– Is the conversation engaging? Does it flow?
– Does the group notice if someone is hurting and respond accordingly?
• When someone notices something about the group, they “name” it or mention it to the rest of the group

Share Your Thoughts

Has your group struggled in this area? Share your stories and tips with fellow small group leaders in the comments section below.

Dr. Henry Cloud

Dr. Henry Cloud is a popular speaker, and co-host, with Dr. John Townsend, of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! Radio program, and cofounder of Cloud-Townsend Clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. His bestselling books include the Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries books and Making Small Groups Work. Dr. Cloud and his wife and two daughters live in Southern California.

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John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend is a psychologist, popular speaker, and cohost of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! radio program, and a cofounder of Cloud-Townsend clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. He is coauthor of the bestselling Boundaries and author of Boundaries with Teens and Hiding from Love.

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Bill Donahue

Dr. Bill Donahue is the author of the bestselling Leading Life-Changing Small Groups, Building a Life-Changing Small Groups Ministy (with Russ Robinson), Coaching Life-Changing Leaders (with Greg Bowman), and the Equipping Life-Changing Small Groups DVD.

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