Today Pat received some questions that someone had regarding beginning a post-abortion group. She wanted me to share their questions along with her answers.
How many leaders do you recommend for a group of 4? For instance do you feel it is necessary to have a leader, co-leader, and 1 or 2 observers to take notes?
I think 2 leaders are always best to support one another and to pray for one another. You can also take turns in certain leadership roles.
Do you keep a file for each person in the group?
No, we just get contact info, find out how it is OK to contact them (remember confidentiality), keep our own leader notes about each member as needed for their support and encouragement.
How did you advertise the groups–newspaper, church newsletters?
We run notices of the upcoming group in every way that we can, church website, e-mail networks, the local crisis pregnancy center, Women’s ministry and church pastoral ministry leaders. Whoever will let us tell, we tell. Offer a confidential response telephone number to contact for information on the next group.
Do you require the completion of preliminary paperwork by the participant prior to the first group session?
No, just get their name and contact information so that you can follow-up if they do not show up. It often takes LOTS of encouragement and courage!
We would like to use the new study guides with the separate leader’s portion for our first group which is currently scheduled for Feb. 2008. Do you know when in January they will be available?
As far as I know from Lifeway, it will be a January 1st release. Keep checking back on the blog and we will keep everyone up to date on its progress. Or we can have your name added to our e-mail list to let you know as soon as we know!
When are your next training workshops scheduled, where will they be held and what is the cost?
I am doing a training at the Lifeway Women’s Ministry National Leadership Forum in Nashville in November, details are online at Lifeway. We will also be offering a training in March or April of 2008. The e-mail list will inform you of that as well.
Are you making training DVDs and, if so, when will they be available?
Not “training” DVD’s, but a DVD accompaniment for the leader to use in the weekly group meeting that will serve as an introduction to each session and prepare the women for the step to come that week. It is my personal testimony along with several other women sharing their healing journey.
Do you feel it is necessary to attend a training workshop before leading a group?
Not really, that is why we created a Leader Guide. Training is always good and will help you with ideas and support, but it is not a requirement for leading a group otherwise, God would not have been able to use me! 20 years ago there was no one out there to train me. We are here for you!