I’m a big fan of today’s guest blogger. I’ve known his dad, Kent Odor, who we affectionately call Small Group “Yoda,” for years, and he’s been a great encourager, mentor, friend, and coworker. His son Micah has the same kind of traits. Micah has made it a regular practice to sit in on workshops I’ve led at various events, and he is never timid about asking questions, making comments, sharing his own ideas, telling stories about his small group experiences, telling stories about stuff that has nothing to do with small groups . . . Micah can talk, but here’s the thing: most of what he says is laced with wisdom.
Today’s post is no exception, except I kept him to about 500 words.
I’ve been leading small groups and small group leaders nonstop for more than 20 years. In that time, I think I’ve made almost every mistake you can make leading a small group. My biggest weakness? I talk too much. Here’s a simple trick that’s helped me a lot.… I hope it’s helpful for you, too.
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