Covenant Group Facilitator Training, Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:00am - 3:00pm.
Lunch will be provided. Covenant groups are small, supportive sharing groups of eight to ten people. We call them “covenant groups” because the central feature of the group is a promise we make to one another to build trust, listen deeply, share openly, and care for one another in the highs and lows of our individual lives. The preferred model is for each group to have two trained facilitators. Because covenant groups are not therapy, support or problem solving groups, the facilitator’s role is unique. Good listening abilities and a mature stable personality as well as warmth and compassion are prerequisites. Facilitators are responsible for preparing and facilitating sessions, as well as being alert to situations which may warrant pastoral care. Even if you are not ready to take on the role of facilitator at this time, we encourage you to consider the training. Current participation in a group is not required. If you would like more information, or would like to register for the training, stop at the Welcome table or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Covenant Groups
Covenant Groups are groups of six to ten people who meet on a regular basis to engage in a structured discussion for deepening relationships and understanding. Covenant Groups are meant to complement Sunday services by presenting a small-group setting in which participants can more openly share their experiences and collectively “hold” those shared experiences in a safe and trusting environment. It is in this personal environment that members learn to:
- Share experiences openly and honestly
- Listen without judgment or interruption
- Develop relational skills and closer connections to members
- Expand and/or complement one's own search for meaning and truth, spiritual development or religious engagement