Current Groups (Pending)
Groups are TBD as we are awaiting a new physical location and working on figuring out our group specifics.
Women’s Groups (TBD)
Men’s Groups (TBD)
Women’s Hope Groups
Men’s Hope Groups
GROUP SAFETY POINTS
1. ANONYMITY AND CONFIDENTIALITY ARE NON NEGOTIABLE.
What is shared in the group stays in the group. The only exception is when someone threatens to injure themselves or others. This is by far the most important of the Encounter safety points. Speaking about others outside of the group, sharing what you heard beyond the walls of Encounter can severely damage someone and put you in the category of being a stumbling block. Always protect each other’s anonymity. Never gossip about what you heard someone say at Encounter. The only appropriate time to raise a comment would be if someone talks about suicide or violence. In those instances, report it privately and promptly to an Encounter leader.
2. Keep your sharing focused on your thoughts and actions. Limit your sharing to three-to-five minutes.
This safety point gives everyone a fair chance to air his or her own issues. It avoids gossip. It avoids sidetrack discussions, preaching, rambling and giving advice. It avoids focusing on other people’s issues. It avoids using specific names. What’s more, the time limit of 3-5 minutes corrals each speaker to focus in on what’s most important now. It creates enough time for everyone to have a turn. Respect each other’s time and be brief.
3. There is no cross talk.
Cross talk is when two individuals engage in a conversation excluding all others. Each person is free to express his or her feelings without interruption. Comments, questions, joking around, personal asides all break the flow of the meeting and can sidetrack the person speaking from completing their main thought. Cross talk is responding to what someone has shared directly or indirectly and it can cause someone to stumble and give that person a reason not to come back to Encounter. Save your cross talk for after the meeting. Respect each other’s turn at the table.
4. We are a “Me Too” community that eliminates fixing other people.
Even our best intentions can lead a person down a wrong path. We are not professional counselors at Encounter. Support each other with an open ear or silent prayer, but avoid offering advice to solve someone’s problem. Offering a book referral or a counseling contact, even sharing a piece of scripture in group can all derail the healing path of someone who is not emotionally ready to hear what you have to say.
5. Offensive language has no place at Encounter.
Check your coarse language at the door. Many of us grew up hearing foul language, and a foul word tossed into the discussion can trigger some painful memories for certain individuals. This is not how Christ intended us to conduct ourselves. Ephesians 5:4 says, “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” Instead, use your language to build each other up in love.