Making Your Small Group Work Tip 8

Tip 8: Helping and Supporting Each Other

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Definition:
Helping and supporting each other is another level of the “being attentive” skill. It means providing practical help and support, including wisdom or counsel, and may occur in the group setting or outside of it.

Biblical references:
• 1 Thessalonians 5:14—Encourage the timid, help the weak
• Luke 10:25–37—The Good Samaritan

Don’t give unsolicited and unwanted advice.

Help can be given inside the group context or outside the group
context.

Why it’s important:
• Practical ways to show the love of God
• Helps us learn how to serve

How to do it:
• Recognize what characteristics or knowledge you have that could help others in the group
• Offer to help when you see an opportunity
• Know the difference between advice and help
– Advice = You ought to . . .
– Helping = Can I offer . . . ?
• Ask for help when you need it

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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