3 steps to launching a peer-led support group
Peer facilitators are the heartbeat of My Quiet Cave
Our mission is to equip you to serve well in your local church or community
My Quiet Cave is a Christ-centered organization dedicated to creating space for faith and mental wellness. Our peer-led groups provide a safe place for adults and teens to build relationships, share stories, and focus on hope.
Thanks to generous monthly donors like you, our comprehensive facilitator training program is available FREE for all qualifying applicants.
If you’re interested in facilitating a group in your church or community, this is where you start! Take a moment to explore these three steps to becoming a successful group facilitator.
Step 1: Understand my calling
MY UNIQUE ROLE
We believe that the most powerful qualification for any facilitator is personal experience with mental health issues or with supporting a loved one. Peer leaders, equipped through training, bring a unique blend of humility and empathy to the group dynamics that foster deep relationships and the honest exploration of life and faith. Peer leaders demonstrate that we are all a work in progress, overcoming mental health challenges one day at a time through the help of Jesus.
As the spiritual compass for the group, My Quiet Cave facilitators are grounded in their identity in Christ and are pursuing an abiding relationship with him. They lead with vulnerability, model unconditional love, listen without bias, and are mindful of group dynamics and development. They create a safe space for participants to share and engage. Group facilitators recognize that every participant is on a unique journey with the Lord and is carrying the weight of untold stories shaped by family, culture, race, socioeconomics, and many other factors.
Facilitators also serve as the relational hub of the group. They are intentional about connecting participants first and foremost with Christ, and then with one another, outside resources, and the greater My Quiet Cave community. Our facilitators are motivated to draw people together to experience hope and healing.
If you’re feeling that tug on your heart to minister to others by launching a group, we would be thrilled to walk alongside you. We’re here to connect you with training, resources, and ongoing support as you embrace this incredible opportunity to serve.
The time commitment for leading a group is as follows:
- 3-part facilitator training (see below)
- 8-week group | 90 minutes per session
- Additional preparation and communications each week
CHOOSING A PROGRAM
My Quiet Cave offers four different group curricula. Three of these (Overcome, Fearless, and Fierce Love) are 8-week programs, while Anchor is an ongoing support group model. Before launching an Anchor group, facilitators are expected to successfully complete at least one of the 8-week groups. Please CLICK HERE for complete descriptions.
Step 2: Build my support team
Leading a Christ-centered mental wellness group can be both exhilirating and draining. As a peer facilitator, it is essential to step into this role knowing that you have support, guidance, and accountability from a partnering church or organization and at least one co-facilitator.
Partnering with a church or organization is important for safety, liability, accountability, and spiritual direction. When challenging issues arise within your group, you have an established leadership team available to provide guidance and support. In addition, you’ll have built-in support for logistics and promotion as you prepare to serve your community.
Partnering with a co-facilitator helps create a sense of safety and stability within your group. Co-facilitators keep each other accountable in practical, as well as spiritual, ways as you work together to guide discussions, navigate relationships, and maintain communication throughout the week. It’s not always easy, but your group members will generally benefit from having a unified team to look to, and you can expect to experience greater personal growth as you partner with a co-facilitator.
Step 3: Start my training
Leading a Christ-centered mental wellness group is a special calling and much needed in today’s world. It takes a unique set of skills to provide peer support for both faith and mental health. This is why My Quiet Cave is dedicated to equipping group facilitators through a simple yet comprehensive training program. Our training and support are provided FREE of charge for all approved applicants.
My Quiet Cave’s facilitator training and support are made possible through our generous monthly giving community, comprised of dedicated group facilitators like you! As you engage with our facilitator training, please consider partnering with us with a monthly gift of $10 or more, in order to extend our free training to unreached communities.
Facilitator training is composed of the following three parts:
1. Self-paced online facilitator training course (about 2 hours)
Once you have been approved to start your training, you’ll be provided with a link to create an account in My Quiet Cave Online. In this platform, you’ll have access to our Facilitator Training Courses, as well as free downloadable workbooks for each program (Overcome, Fearless, and Fierce Love) and additional resources. The required online Facilitator Training Course is self-paced, taking approximately two hours to complete.
2. Experiential small group training via Zoom (about 2 hours)
At the start of your training, you’ll also be provided with a link to sign up for a small group training, where you will walk through the experience of participating in an example group session with about 4-8 other facilitators-in-training. These Zoom trainings are held about twice a month, so be sure to secure your spot early and make this a priority on your calendar.
3. Faith-based suicide prevention training via Zoom (3 hours, with breaks)
As above, at the start of your training you’ll be provided with a link to sign up for a suicide prevention training hosted by our certified Soul Shop suicide prevention trainer. These Zoom trainings are held about twice a month, so be sure to secure your spot early and make this a priority on your calendar.
Upon completion of our 3-part facilitator training program, you should be fully equipped to launch your group. As a bonus, you’ll continue to have access to My Quiet Cave Online, where you can download workbooks and resources, engage in additional trainings, connect with other facilitators, and more!
If you’re ready to launch a Christ-centered mental wellness group in your church or community, simply complete form below. We look forward to equipping you for this incredible opportunity to serve!
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