To help prevent suicide, watch for: depression, bi-polar, suicidal thoughts, isolation, risky behavior, weapons, worsening health, giving away possessions.
A small group leader: 1) Learns by listening, 2) Entrusts group members to serve each other, 3) Enables group members to grow and mature in the faith.
Lament cuts through insincerity, unveils pretense and leads to trust and wonder. Because true worship involves bringing every aspect of our lives before God.
A transparent leader isn’t pretentious. With discretion, he shares personal stories from his spiritual pilgrimage, and how the truths being taught affect him or her. In the company of trustworthy people, a transparent leader is honest when it comes to disclosing prayer requests.
I’ve come to realize that when tragedy hits, others, including well-intentioned friends and family, often don’t know what to say or what to do.