In addition to access to the Spiritual Deepening Library of resources and facilitation guides, FGC offers training and ongoing support for Friends who lead the Spiritual Deepening small groups in their home meetings. Throughout the training, small group leaders are guided in using the program materials and supported in developing an invitational, curious, loving, and grounded spirit that promotes listening, openness, and sharing from the heart.
Small group leaders are given resources about planning Spiritual Deepening sessions within the program's flexible structure, leading small groups, building spiritual community, supporting inclusivity, and working with children. All of this information and more details about program logistics is available in the Library and a downloadable Small Group Leader Manual.
As they begin preparing to lead their Spiritual Deepening group, small group leaders participate in an interactive orientation webinar. This encourages leaders to build a supportive community with each other and to explore together what it means to invite Spirit into their small group experience.
Small group leaders also come together for (optional) monthly support calls, during which they ask questions of each other, share successes and good ideas, and receive additional resources and training. Leaders are invited to stay connected and share ideas in a private Facebook group.