A Christlike dialogue is an honest conversation guided by the Holy Spirit that includes:
Other-minded listening (Philippians 2:3-4; James 1:19-20)
Seeking and speaking the truth in love (John 14:6, 8:32; Ephesians 4:15)
Focusing on Christ’s interests (1 Timothy 1:15; Ephesians 4:13)
Trusting God with the outcome (1 Peter 2:23; 2 Timothy 2:24-26)
What is a Group of Eight
Eight people who want to engage in honest conversation about their different views on a topic, issue, or other area of concern. (i.e.: race, religion, political/social concerns, generational differences…).
How to begin
Two friends agree to start a Group of Eight to discuss different perspectives on a particular issue or topic of concern. Each invites three friends who have interest in the same issue or topic, to form the Group of Eight.
What a Group of Eight is not
It is not for people who want to debate, who need to be “right” and demand others to see things exactly as they do.
The group commits to meet once a month for at least one year. Each group determines time and location at which their group will meet. Plan on a couple of hours per meeting.
The two people who start the group will arrange a meeting place, facilitate discussions, and communicate with the group.
Christlike Dialogue Training
Group members are to receive training for Christlike Dialogue and Group of Eight orientation at their initial meeting.
“Our Group of Eight has allowed me to open up to other men and talk about issues regarding racism, discrimination, and issues that I have faced in my life and how these situations have affected me even today.”
“This teaching has enabled me to change from being a “Dictator”, to a father motivated by love for my children.”
“Christlike Dialogue is key to maturity in Christ and building relationships with other Christians and non-Christians alike.”
It is truly encouraging to me to see believers striving to interact with others biblically. As a young person, witnessing this encourages me to continue running the race.”
“Being a part of the Group of Eight has given me new friends with different perspectives from mine. That has given me new insights to help me understand some of the cultural issues that we face. It is in understanding that we can make progress in uniting a divided culture.”
“My involvement in a Group of Eight has been one of the highlights of my forty year journey with the Lord! I would highly recommend this experience to those who seek to be a part of healing our nation!”