Recently, I put together some thoughts for the facilitators of the Home Groups at our church on how to build intimacy in our groups. I thought I might put them out here for others as well as solicit other ideas that I might not have thought of as of yet.
– Ground Rules: The first thing that lays the foundation for openness in a group is knowing up front if they are safe or not. In our church, the first thing covered in any of our groups is that anything said in a Home Group, stays in that Home Group (for the most part). We make it clear that this is the case unless someone is currently getting hurt or abused and even then, only the people who need to know to get them help will know.