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encounter groups

how do I set up a group?

Anyone can run an Encounter Group, but we hope that you will want to partner with us as you embark on this exciting venture.  There are several advantages of doing this:

  • The opportunity to gain experience with our own groups

  • Access to numerous helpful resourcesguidance on how to train your facilitators, tips about the technical side of running an Encounter Group online, ​access to a library of CHM’s talks and meditations that you are welcome to use with your own group.  

  • Practical tips for getting started

  • Support, guidance and encouragement from other Encounter Group leaders

Follow the steps below to get your group started.


Registration Form

We’d really like to know what attracts you to Encounter Groups and would love it if you could take a couple of minutes to respond to the two questions below!

I am happy for you to contact me in relation to Encounter Groups
I would also like to be added to your mailing list to receive news and updates
I understand that by returning this form, I am agreeing to abide by your Core Values whenever I lead an Encounter Group? These are printed below.

core values

for leading encounter groups

“A bruised reed he will not break, And a smouldering wick he will not snuff out”

 Matthew 12.20

We are told in Matthew’s Gospel that these words, originally spoken by the prophet Isaiah, were fulfilled in Jesus. If he took great care in his dealings with bruised and fragile people, then so must we. The value and dignity of every person is important, and we must commit to protecting and honouring all those with whom we interact. 

  • The focus of Encounter Prayer sessions is always the same – to encourage people to appreciate the Father’s love for them, provide an opportunity for them to have a fresh encounter with the person of Jesus and see what happens as a result, and to welcome the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

  • In Encounter Groups, the focus is to encourage people to interact with God themselves.  For this reason, offering guidance, recommendations and prophetic words should be avoided.

  • In all our dealings with one another, the fruits of the Spirit should be our guide: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Each person should be treated as an individual and with equal concern.

  • It is absolutely vital to promote safe practice by all people in positions of trust.

  • If there is concern about the safety and well-being of someone taking part, it is important that the leader is notified as soon as possible.  Anyone wondering about changing their medication should be strongly encouraged to speak to their doctor first.

  • Co-leaders and facilitators should be chosen with care as they will be reflecting your own ethos as well as that of CHM.

  • Regular feedback meetings should be held to ensure that any queries and concerns are aired.

Registration form
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