Friendship Groups bring people with and without intellectual disabilities together through the word of God. We have highlighted some of these wonderful Friendship Groups on our blog, and perhaps you have wanted to join one—but what if your church doesn’t have a group? In this week’s blog post, we will provide a comprehensive guide with (almost) everything you need to start your very own Friendship Group.
Before you get started. We have several videos available to explain Friendship Groups in a quick yet informational way. From highlight reels to training information, these videos will provide you and your congregation with a great picture of what Friendship Groups are and how they work. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
5 steps to a great Friendship Group. Now that you have the support of your congregation, you can begin this exciting journey in a few simple steps! These five steps are as follows:
- Read the Program Guide
- Check out samples from God, Our Father or TOGETHER
- Read “What Friendship Mentors Need to Know”
- Consult the “Abuse Prevention Guidelines” and “Volunteer Disclosure Form.”
- Tell us about your Friendship Group! (That way, we can include your group in our newsletter).
You can find more information about these five steps here.
Leader Resources. Friendship Group leaders have a tough job. That’s why we try to help by providing resources to them. Check out our Training Resources and our Newsletter Archive for some helpful tips and tools.
Grow Together. Now that you know everything you need to know to start your very own Friendship Group, there’s just one last thing missing… volunteers! Friendship Groups are extremely collaborative, making the presence of volunteers invaluable. Follow our tips to recruit volunteers and watch your Friendship Group flourish as you grow together.