How do you cultivate relationship with others in your group? by leekosa | Oct 2, 2015 | Withward | 2 comments Post a comment below and let us know what has worked for your group. 2 Comments Phillip Chiu on October 28, 2015 at 11:59 AM May I also suggest The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen. Summary (from Indigo): The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Weaving keen cultural analysis with his psychological and religious insights, Nouwen has come up with a balanced and creative theology of service that begins with the realization of fundamental woundedness in human nature. Emphasizing that which is in humanity common to both minister and believer, this woundedness can serve as a source of strength and healing when counseling others. Nouwen proceeds to develop his approach to ministry with an analysis of sufferings — a suffering world, a suffering generation, a suffering person, and a suffering minister. It is his contention that ministers are called to recognize the sufferings of their time in their own hearts and make that recognition the starting point of their service. For Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering — in the image of Christ. In other words, we heal from our own wounds. Filled with examples from everyday experience, The Wounded Healer is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the service of others. Anna Krueger on November 26, 2015 at 11:27 AM Meal: We have found that having a meal together is a wonderful way to build friendships in our group. We keep it simple with a menu that is always buns, cheese and meats, a few salads and a few desserts. We rotate who brings what. Shared Hosting: Our life group meets twice a month. We host at our house once a month and another couple hosts at their place once a month. This pace is just right. We don’t get burned out and we really look forward to being together. Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.