Why You Should NOT Create a Safe Environment

Most of us tend to naturally think that one of our goals for small groups should be to create a ‘safe’ environment. In this talk, Dr. Jim Wilder will make a case for why making a ‘safe’ environment may actually hinder the transformation we seek. While of course we need to ensure that group members are protected, there is another way to do so beyond creating a ‘safe’ group – and that is to cultivate a protective group identity. Dr. Wilder will unpack the ideas that the human brain is designed to long for 1) belonging in a 2) peaceful 3) protective 4) joyful 5) group of people. The Life Model is centered around achieving these purposes. Learn how you can form groups that are “protective” and foster sustainable and scalable transformation.02

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Why You Should NOT Create a Safe Environment

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Founder Life Model Works

Dr. Jim Wilder has been training leaders and counselors for over 30 years on five continents. Jim grew up in South America and is bilingual (English/Spanish). He is the author of nineteen books with a strong focus on maturity and relational skills. His coauthored book, Living from the Heart Jesus Gave You, has sold over 100,000 copies and is printed in eleven languages. Wilder has published numerous articles and developed four sets of video and relational leadership training. Dr. Wilder has served as a guest lecturer at Fuller Seminary, Biola, Talbot Seminary, Point Loma University, Montreat College, Tyndale Seminary and elsewhere.