Making Your Small Group Work Tip 10

Tip 10: Helping Others Take “Growth Risks”

A growth risk is any action or statement, new or out of your comfort zone, that has a possibility of a negative outcome. The challenge is given in the context of the group.

Biblical references:
• Colossians 1:28—“. . . we present everyone perfect [complete] in Christ . . .”
• Hebrews 10:24—“. . . let us consider how we may spur one another on . . .”

Why it’s important:
• It’s about life change
• It’s not just “trying something new”—it’s a real risk

How to do it:
• Clarify the issue
• Help people discern a next step in growth
– Get a new job
– Take a new course
– Go on a date
– Open up and share in the group
• Encourage them to take a step
• Follow up

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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