“If you are not careful to keep your hands on the controls, there are several in your group who are ready and willing to chart a new course.” Every Small Group is filled with a variety different types of people. Even people with much in common usually have wildly different characteristics – especially when it
“People are more likely to remember and act on one substantial item each week.” (This article is an example for the concept described here: The Landing) How do you develop your lesson plan and discussion questions to reach a specific concept, point of interest, or action item by the end of the discussion?
“Your group won’t remember everything from the discussion each week. If they only remember one thing, what should it be?” They won’t remember Try all you like, but your group won’t remember everything you discuss together each week. But that’s not something to lose sleep over – instead, leverage it for a positive outcome.
“As a Small Group Leader, it is important to do the legwork ahead of time in order to make sure you are not twisting God’s words out of context.” Twisted Words No one likes when their words are taken out of context. With just a small tweak, someone can change what you said into
“My kids have a thing tonight. We won’t be there.” 60 minutes before your small group is about to begin, the texts start rolling in… “I’m having a crazy week. Not going to make it tonight.” “My kids have a thing tonight. We won’t be there.” “I’ve got a headache. Gonna stay home.” As a
Following Jesus is a lifelong journey. If you are following Jesus, you have likely already discovered that staying on course doesn’t just happen naturally. Every moment there are dozens of things working against our best efforts to stay on the path – some come from the outside and some come from within. Either way,
Be honest… at the end of your small group meeting, which of these two thoughts would you prefer is on everyone’s mind? “Wow, my leader is so smart! He/she explained some very interesting things.” “Wow, the more I thought about that verse, the more I realized what God is saying.” The first statement isn’t
With a little practice, you can become skilled at guiding people through meaningful discussion. Once you are comfortable with the basics of asking good questions, you can continue to advance your abilities a little further. Here are 6 tips to help… 1. Sometimes it is wise to explore the answer someone may give …even
Guided discussion takes careful preparation. It is necessary to study deep enough for you to personally understand the passage; but it is important to press on further to think of ways to help your group discover on their own. Here are six basic tips to help your small group get the most out of the
We have all likely experienced a small group discussion that fell flat. Whether it was an over-talkative small group leader or a discussion that wandered in circles, these are the moments when ceiling tiles are counted and daydreamers drift. As a small group leader, how do you keep your group engaged in the