What is a Group Facilitator?
A Group Facilitator is someone who makes the material in the study guide, Walking the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ, easy to understand and apply. The Group Facilitator does not have to feel they are an expert in the material. However, they should take the time needed to fully familiarize themselves with the material in order to be able to effectively present it to others.
What is involved in facilitating a group?
- Prayer – It is very important to continuously pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit, for your heart and the hearts of those who will participate.
- An unconditional love for people – It is important to remember that we are all sinners saved by God’s grace. We’ve all made choices based on the way we reason; many factors have contributed to the way we learned to reason. We must guard ourselves against judging others.
- Time – You will need time to prepare the material for each meeting, time to prepare/set up the room where you will meet, and time to hold the meeting (1 ½ to 2 hours is recommended). Groups can meet for as little as 12 weeks or for as long as you and/or the group decide.
- Meeting time/place – You will need to select a meeting time and place.
- Study Guides – You will need to have study guides on hand for those who attend.
- Training – We highly recommend one of the following: 1) you’ve participated in a 12 Step type of group meeting yourself, 2) you’ve completed our Student Correspondence Course, or 3) you’ve completed our Facilitator Training Correspondence Course.
If you desire to facilitate a group within a jail or prison, approval will need to be obtained through that jail or prison. Our office will be happy to assist you with this process.
How do I facilitate a group?
There is no right or wrong way of leading a group as long as the material is covered. Flexibility is encouraged. The study guide is a very powerful tool. It thoroughly explains the 12 Steps, Biblical principles we need to be set free from the habits that keep us in bondage. It also explains exercises such as visualized prayer and journaling which will help make your walk with Christ more intimate and tangible. As a facilitator, you want to be sure that the truths contained in this study are planted into the hearts of your participants. We have a Facilitator’s Guide to assist you in leading discussion.
What about Facilitator Training?
Training is offered periodically at a location near our office. However, a Facilitator Training Correspondence Course is highly recommended and available. This course consists of 10 lessons based on Walking the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ. Please click here for information about how to start this course.
What if I need more information about starting a group?
Please contact our office at (352) 732-0877. We are happy to assist in any way.