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Regionals is a valuable piece for an FMO coordinator. First, it reminds us that we are not alone in the battle. We have other brothers who are struggling with similar group issues while simultaneously continuing their purity journey. Secondly, it helps us stay connected to leadership making sure we are aware of changes that have been made. Finally, it helps us to be accountable. As coordinators we are asked to maintain a level of group care. Whether it is in the books we read, or in the way we structure our groups; regionals helps maintain a cohesive ministry.
Others have experienced more interaction and attendance at group using the video format. At regionals we had a great discussion about what this could mean moving forward. There were ideas of using a hybrid model so when someone is out of town they could still meet with the group using technology. There is currently a group who has chosen to add an optional midweek meeting using Zoom. These are great Ideas. We trust you as leaders and we want to hear what is working for your group. Please remember as things move back to normal, or the "new normal", and we begin meeting in person, it's important that each group makes the transition back to the traditional way of meeting. However, if there are ideas and changes that you feel would benefit our ministry, we would love to hear and consider your suggestions. Let us know!
Effective ways to keeping on topic.
Right now each one of our members is faced with distractions on all sides. There is the stress of Covid-19, the racial tensions that are currently in the news, not to mention this is an election year. There is no lack of things to discuss, and with being isolated at home, there tends to be a lack of people to dialogue with. Because of this, leaders have seen more off topic discussions during group.
How do we tell if a conversation is off topic? Well, there is a really simple test. Does what they are sharing affect their current week in a way that may impact their purity? Lets use some examples...
Many time things that are in the public eye can directly affect our purity walks, but when those things become a stance that someone is trying to push, it's not only off topic, but it can create unnecessary division in the groups.
So how do we bring these things back on topic?
Start by asking the gentleman how his statement is related to his purity, or how the issue affects his accountability line? Often times this is all that is needed. The key is to be consistent, be gracious but firm, and refer back to the group guidelines.
Group specific challenges and prayers
One of my favorite parts of regionals is the ability to hear how each of you leaders are doing and get specific prayer requests from you. This regionals was no exception. I am honored to fight this battle alongside each of you. Please keep Mark and I up to date on how we can best serve you. email us