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Facilitating Discussion

Facilitating Discussion

Top 10 Ways to Stifle Discussion in Your Small Group


As you lead your small group, use these 10 simple tips for suppressing  sharing from members: Infuse words like regeneration, justification, and eschatology into the discussion as much as possible. Interject names such as Polycarp, Bonhoeffer and, yes, even Warren and Lucado. Be serious all the time. Since you are studying God’s Holy Word, there is no time for fun or frivolity!  Don’t allow people …

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Facilitating Discussion

The Incredible Opportunity of “I Don’t Know”


The editor at SmallGroups.com recently posted on Facebook, “Get comfortable with these three words: ‘I don’t know.’ You don’t need to know all the answers, but offer to find out.” I agree with that good advice, but I’d take it one step further to help your group really grow. (This is a great discipleship opportunity for you!) Rather than saying “I …

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Top 10 Ways to Take Your Small Group Deeper!


Subgroup into smaller groups of 2-4 for deeper sharing during application or prayer. Divide the sexes. Split up the men and women for portions of the study of for prayer and accountability. Meet between meetings. Guys or gals go out to breakfast or lunch together during the week. Get accountable. Ask some tough questions and expect people to share what’s …

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Why Didn’t You Warn Me?


“Leading a small group isn’t easy,” says my friend Pat Sikora. “It seems that more people are more wounded than ever before,” and it seems most of them are in our small groups! That’s why, when I was developing a new series of small group books for leaders several years ago for Standard Publishing, I called Pat and asked her to …

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The End is Near!


I came across the following video on Alan Danielson’s blog. I agree with Alan: this is a great example of a bad small group experience. The End Times from Renaissance Church on Vimeo.  What needs to happen to save this group?

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Transcendence in Healthy Groups


One key to a healthy small group has to do with transcendence–an understanding that some things in life are bigger than yourself, like God, values, an organization’s mission, policies, the community, etc. This transcendence affects a small group in at least two ways: First, the leader and the whole group must realize that what is truly transcendent in the group …

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The “Right Person” to Lead a Small Group


This morning I received an email from a potential leader who stated she does not know if she’s the “right person” to lead a small group. This is a common response to being called to lead. I find the issue basically comes down to one or both of two factors. A person’s confidence level will depend on their personal sense …

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Jim Lehrer on How to Lead a Small Group Discussion


Jim Lehrer on Facilitating Small Group Discussion

One day as I was listening to The Dennis Miller Radio Show, the aforementioned Mr. Miller was interviewing Jim Lehrer about what it takes to moderate a political debate. Here are two simple techniques that we as small group leaders can learn from Lehrer. The focus is on the participants, not the moderator. Some moderators are better than others at this. …

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