Guidelines for Faithfulness Groups (also known as Peer Groups and Spiritual Accountability Groups)
Faithfulness Group participants provide holy accompaniment and mutual accountability in being faithful to the calls and leadings of the participants.
• The purpose of the Faithfulness Group meetings is to help pay attention to God’s presence and activity in the life of Friends who are carrying out a ministry or following a leading. The Faithfulness Group practices provide ongoing support and help with discernment for the members of the group.
• During a typical two-hour session two people will each have the focus of the group for about one hour. Each focus person presents something about her/his experience in carrying out a ministry or leading.
• The role of the group is to prayerfully listen and, as prompted by the Spirit, to ask questions after a presentation is over that can help the presenter explore more deeply her/his relationship to, awareness of, and response to God in carrying out her/his service.
• Ideally, the group meets on an ongoing basis; in rotation, each member of the group will have a regular opportunity to be the focus of the group’s prayerful attention.
Attached is a pdf file of the guidelines used for these peer groups:
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To “listen” another’s soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human being ever performs for another.–Douglas Steere