Empathy in Small Groups
Posted on October 11, 2020
The fourth Facet of Healthy Small Groups is Empathy.
As small group members begin to share with one other authentically and openly, the other members need to respond with empathy and compassion to them.
The basis for responding with empathy to others is found in The Golden Rule (the foundation for all civil society):
"Do to other what you would have them do to you".
Empathy does not mean you have to agree with what the person shared - only that you seek to listen to and understand their thoughts and feelings.
A small group without empathy and compassion will eventually drain the relational trust of the group.
As we respond to one another in empathy the way we would have others respond in empathy to us when we share with them, we will see the power of The Golden Rule to cultivate small groups that are healthy, growing and flourishing.