Leading Small Groups

Leading a small group is both a challenge and a rich adventure. Small groups and Support Groups open the doors to the possibility of amazing change and healing—and they can be daunting if you are relatively new to group work.

Anna Stratton, an LCI veteran who loves leading all types of groups is the lead instructor for this practical and informative workshop. Anna has been engaged in small and support group work for 30+ years [including therapy groups with teens and women, Bible studies, support groups and small group leader training] and she greatly enjoys sharing her insights with new leaders. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and practices in Washington, DC. Anna has a Masters in Biblical Counseling from Colorado Christian University and a Masters in Social Work from University of Kansas.

This workshop will introduce you to some of the ways that groups can minister that one-on-one engagement cannot. Also, we will suggest practical ways to set up a group to create a healthy environment. Dr. Bill Clark will discuss the stages a group goes through from formation to termination, with thoughts on the challenges and rewards at each stage.

We’ll provide tools for building community, and tips for handling some of the common hazards that occur in groups. If you already lead a group, come and bring your questions. If you are thinking about undertaking a group, come to be equipped and encouraged!

"LCI was instrumental in my becoming a lay counselor. From the one-day session through the 6 and 10-week follow up trainings, this program equips those seeking to serve in this capacity. LCI stresses the importance of telling our own story and addressing the issues in our lives to better prepare us to "walk beside others" as clients invite us into their stories. With Christ as a model, we learn the LCI methodology, our role as counselors, and the ultimate goal of lay counseling. If anyone is considering lay counseling as a ministry, I highly recommend LCI as a valuable, informative, and potentially life-changing avenue toward serving others."

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