Circle Questions


Women don’t join a small group because they want to show off their new scarf or nail polish color. They come because they want to be part of something. They want to know and be known.

But as a leader (officially or not) in your group of friends, how do you make that happen? How do you help your group truly connect at the heart level?

The answer: questions. The kind of questions that sift down to the heart level and give your friends the opportunity to share who they really are.  I call them Circle Questions because as you go around the circle answering questions, you’re drawing a tighter circle of support around each woman.

Circle Questions are great for:

• small groups
• retreats
• mentoring groups
• leader training
• moms’ night out

There are 18 questions in for each of the five category:

• family of origin
• marriage & inlaws
• mothering
• personal growth
• spiritual growth

The set comes with a printable set of guidelines. Download those for free here:

circle questions GUIDELINES

Also, check out my blog post about the cards, and learn how you can avoid my mistakes here.




Here is a sample question from each of the five categories:

  • Family of Origin: How you see your family of origin differently, now that you are an adult?
  • Personal Growth: What was your biggest career mistake? How has this helped you grow?
  • Marriage & Inlaws: How do one of your strengths compliment one of your husband’s weaknesses?
  • Mothering: Which of your kids is most like you? How does this affect your parenting?
  • Spiritual Growth: What major life event has taught you that God is trustworthy?

(c) Shannon Popkin 2019, all rights reserved

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