Making Your Small Group Work Tip 4

Tip 4: Group Check-In #1

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Definition:

A group “check-in” is a regularly scheduled “snapshot.” It’s a time at the end of a meeting (approximately 15 minutes) in which the group evaluates how things are going according to the original goals.

Your group should do this every three to four months (about four times a year).

At the end your group time, talk about this:

For this group check-in, set aside 15 minutes to answer the following questions that evaluate how your group is doing in the “truth” area.
Discuss your answers together.

• How do we respond when truth is spoken?
• Does everyone feel safe to talk about their feelings?
• How well are we listening to each other?
• Are we free to say what we’re thinking (even when it’s a differing opinion)?
• Is there anything that needs to be said in the group that hasn’t been said yet?

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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