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Facilitating Discussion

The Differences Between a Teacher and a Facilitator… And Why This Matters


Howerton

GUEST POST by Rick Howerton, Discipleship & Small Group Specialist at LifeWay. Read Rick’s Blog. *     *     *     *     *     *     *     * Because the Bible is getting its rightful place in group life again, sometimes the term, “teacher,” is being used to describe the person leading the group’s Bible study time. If you’ve been around the small group world …

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Small Group Leadership TIPS of the Week – 10/14-23/2015


A new feature of Small Group Leadership is a TIP of the Day that I Tweet, post on the Small Group Leadership Facebook page, and post on  LinkedIn each Monday through Friday. (Follow Mike and Small Group Leadership by clicking on any of these links or the icons in the “Connect with Mike” box in the right column.)  I will …

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The Funniest Thing that Ever Happened in My Small Group


Diverse Group People

Laughter is great medicine for the health of a group; the groups I’ve been involved in have laughed together a lot, most of the time at something I did or said. But I do remember one group meeting, more than 20 years ago. The group was a mix of mature (or at least long-time) followers of Jesus and several very …

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When to “Call” on Individuals in a Small Group Meeting


Pointing Finger

I usually train leaders not to call on individual members during a small group meeting. Your goal is to promote discussion, not quiz members. I also don’t like putting group members on the spot. My goal is to create an atmosphere of genuineness, openness, vulnerability, and acceptance. I’m going for a free-flowing dialogue. I find that calling out specific people …

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Hanging Out with Fellow Small Group Ministry Practitioners: August 2013


The topic for our August 1 Small Group Ministry Practitioners Hangout was “Training leaders to be shepherds to their little flock.” How do you train them? What do you teach? Great discussion; we all learned a lot from one another. +Jay Daniell, +Josh Hunt, +Emil Kerekes, +Jonathan Jordan, +Adam Workman, +Brandon Boyd, and I participated this month. Here are a few highlights. We started by discussing …

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Dilbert on Facilitating Group Discussion


I thought today would be a good day for a humor break. As a big Dilbert fan, I loved this strip. Going way back to 1991 for this. Does this ever happen in your small group? Does it ever happen to you? Shared from the Dildert website: http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1991-08-27/, by Scott Adams.

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Are You a Natural Small Group Leader? Advice from Dilbert


Yesterday’s post was pretty down and dark, so how about a little Fun Friday? Image Credit: Scott Addams – http://dilbert.com/2013-02-28/ Communication is a vital skill for small group leaders, but it doesn’t usually come naturally. Are you a great communicator? Would the members of your small group ever respond, at least silently, as Dilbert does in the second panel? What one …

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Dilbert on Dealing with Challenging People in Your Group


When I put together my book, Dilbert on Small Group Leadership, this one goes in the chapter titled, “How to Deal with Challenging People in Your Group”:  Image Credit: Scott Addams, http://www.dilbert.com/ Lesson: Stay on your toes, leader! MORE HELP ON DEALING WITH SMALL GROUP CHALLENGES“Muskrat” Small Group Leadership7 Steps for Dealing with the Little Jerry Parasites that Are Making …

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“Muskrat” Small Group Leadership


Last week while leading a small group conference session on “Building Real Community” I mentioned the 80/20 rule. That is, in a healthy small group, the group should do about 80 percent of the talking while the leader should talk only about 20 percent of the time (and much of that 20 percent should be in the form of questions). …

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What Small Group Leaders Can Learn from Great Preachers About Facilitating Dynamic Discussions


As small group leaders, we can learn how to lead vibrant, life-changing groups from a variety of sources, and we should always be looking to learn more. Why? Because God uses what we do to transform lives and grow his kingdom! Last week, I viewed the “Preach Better Sermons” online conference webcast from Preaching Rocket, featuring some of the best …

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