February 4, 2011
Two viewpoints on a fascinating question.
Last week my friend Rick Howerton opened up his new blog with a post entitled: "When to Abandon a Small-Group Member." Here was the full text of his post:
Never! There is…
Luke 15:11 - 24
- No sin to too decadent
- No opinion too controversial
- No revelation too disturbing
- No sickness too time consuming
- No need too costly
- No conflict too intense
- No addiction too immoral.
I thought that was a pretty cool sentiment, and so I re-tweeted the link to the post. A few of you re-tweeted it as well.
But then I got the following email from another SmallGroups.com reader:
Nice sentiment in Howerton’s blog post, but I have to disagree with him. I had to ask a group member to leave once because she would go into rages during the group. I tried meeting with her personally, but she would fly into rages against me. I finally blocked her phone calls because they were giving me panic attacks.
So, before I give my opinion on this matter, I thought I would open things up to all of you. Is there ever a time when a group leader should "abandon" a group member?
posted by Sam O'Neal on February 4, 2011 10:04 AM