The group activity that I decided to use as the subject matter of my reflection paper is my youth group back at my church at home in Maryland. The name of the group is called The Counsel and basically what we are trying to accomplish is transitioning from being seen as the young people in the church to the adults who will soon not just be watching the church move but will soon be controlling the church ourselves. We do a lot of community work and outreach efforts that are help aid those in need around us. We also participate in mentorship and partner with other churches in the area. We have about 15 members in the group and the ages range from 12-21. Through my observation of one of our latest meetings I was able to take very valuable notes away from the interactions we had between each other and where I saw leadership, structure, norms, and other group dynamics concepts present in that meeting.
Going into this particular meeting knowing that I wasn’t actually trying to be too much a part of what was actually going on but more so trying to observe how things panned out within the group it was definitely a very odd experience. I am so used to being a part of the group and in most situations I’m the leader of this particular group so as the meeting started it was a very unfamiliar feeling in the group. I also did not tell the other group members that I was observing this meeting because I wanted to get a very authentic and original shift in leaders or followers to see how they would naturally let things happen. It was amazing to see how things unfolded in my absence as roles started shifting every which way and definitely surprised me.
As the meeting started I began to see how particular people who had once been very quiet had found themselves coming out of their shells and also those who usually were very extroverted sat back and listened more. As I stated in the introduction our age group is very wide ranging from 12 to 21 so as you could assume the younger...
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