Leaders and group tips

There are a number of different types of groups you encounter in pagan communities.

Covens are the most orthodox of them all, sharing secrecy and traditions. You generally must start your own, or hive off the coven that trained you, or you are invited to join

Study groups offer members a group to learn together the spiritual path. Someone, generally , leads the group while some study groups might swap members to share in the responsibilities. Its informal, and members can come and go as they like.

Open Rituals offer solitaries and other pagans to join in ritual for a purpose. This can be for a moon ritual, magick ritual, or sabbat. Sometimes you find these open circles in pagan shops, Unitarian Churches that host CUUPs groups, or you can find open ritual at places festivals are held. Check witchvox.com for open rituals in your area.

If you hope to form a group, here are some tips to consider;

As leader and organizer, you should compile a clear list of objectives and expectations for members. Stick to them. You will find some members might not like this or that, but they can form their own group if they don’t like it.

Groups, of any kind, also go through an evolution throughout its existence. At one point, generally before the first year is through, the group starts to fray at the edges by members re-evaluating their needs. At this point, take steps to bond members through activities and re-assessments of the objectives of the group.

Listen to member’s concerns. Members need to feel a certain level of safety, to be able to voice their concerns to you as the leader. Try to do something about their concerns, or ask for their suggestion. You don’t have to take that suggestion but it offers them some input.

Remove disruptive members. Should you encounter members who gossip, slander, or create issues among the group, they need to be removed. Its tough to do this if you happen to like that member, but trust me, if you hope to have your group survive, you need to show you will protect the group as a whole.

Leaders of groups should cultivate these qualities;

  • Listening skills, so members know you’re available to listen to their ideas and their needs.
  • Assertiveness (not aggression). To be able to confront others if need be, but also praise and applaud members for good deeds.
  • Decision making, and making those tough decisions when necessary.
  • Willingness to learn from the members, and allow members to share their knowledge and experience as well.
  • See oneself as a teacher, organizer, and guide, not an authoritarian.

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