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Title: Facilitating Small Groups 101


1
Facilitating Small Groups 101
  • Dr.
    Joye Baker
  • Spiritual Formation LTR 2010

2
Why are small groups important for spiritual
transformation?

3
DTS Spiritual Formation
  • Life change happens
  • in the context of
  • community.

4
DTS Spiritual Formation
  • Life change happens
  • in the context of
  • community.

5
  • We can never realize the likeness of Christ by
    ourselves alone.
  • Julie Gorman

6
  • Remember you are partnering with God
    in the spiritual transformation of your group
    members.
  • Pray before, during, and after you meet.

7
The Goal of Small Group Leading
  • The goal of the small group leader is to
    facilitate a discussion characterized by

8
The Goal of Small Group Leading
  • The goal of the small group leader is to
    facilitate a discussion characterized by
  • A non-threatening climate conducive to an
    honest exchange of ideas where participants can
    wrestle with transformational issues.

9
  • Let us consider how to stimulate one
    another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our
    own assembling together as is the habit of some,
    but encouraging one another and all the more as
    you see the day drawing near.
  • Hebrews 1023-24

10
Create a Caring Ethos
  • Establish guidelines (covenant).
  • Model authenticity.
  • Prepare ahead.
  • Put members at ease.
  • Forget yourself.
  • Honor peoples time.
  • Be enthusiastic!
  • Encourage members to do their assignments.
  • Address privately those who are unprepared.

11
Create a Caring Ethos
  • Establish guidelines (covenant).
  • Model authenticity.
  • Prepare ahead.
  • Put members at ease.
  • Forget yourself.
  • Honor peoples time.
  • Be enthusiastic!
  • Encourage members to do their assignments.
  • Address privately those who are unprepared.
  • Be patient.

12
Encourage participation
  • DONT LECTURE!!!
  • Small group leaders
  • and Bible teachers
  • wear different hats!
  • Take the Lead.
  • You are in charge, so
  • take charge and lead.
  • Know your authority
  • factor.

13
  • You must let no unwholesome word
  • come out of your mouth,
  • but only what is beneficial for the
  • building up of the one in need,
  • that it may give grace
  • to those who hear.
  • Eph 429 NET

14
Affirm Each Comment
  • Vary your affirmations.
  • If a participant affirms by
  • responding, you dont have to.
  • Respond as you would in every day conversation.
  • However, a canned response is better than none.
  • Learn to wrap up what has been said by the group
    and move on.

15
Direct the Flow of Conversation
  • Move quickly through observation/cultural
    questions.
  • Dont use much time with biblical/theological
    discussion.
  • Reign in rabbit trails/cut off talkers
    (graciously).
  • Initially call on someone who is enthusiastic.
  • Call on shy members early.
  • Handle melt-downs wisely.
  • Pursue ping-pong participation.

16
Discussion Flow
17
Two Key Skills in Group Facilitation
  • Listen Well
  • Ask Good Questions

18
Listen Well
  • Be present with the group.
  • Focus on what each member is saying and not on
    what you want to say.
  • Be aware of nonverbal cues.
  • Provide a safe place for members to share.
  • Affirm and validate feelings.
  • Allow emotion to be expressed.
  • Demonstrate support, love, and acceptance.

19
Some Important Donts in Listening
  • Dont be quick to give advice.
  • Dont make promises you cannot keep.
  • Dont try to fix them or their problem.
  • Dont make assumptions.
  • Dont assume the story you hear is the story.
  • Dont make premature judgments.
  • Dont do all the work.
  • Dont spiritualize everything.
  • Dont carry all the emotional weight.
  • Beverly Hislop, Shepherding a Womans
    Heart

20
Ask Good Questions
  • Questions are powerful tools. They carry
    the power to probe the speakers thoughts, keep
    them involved in a dialogue, and guide their
    thoughts in a profitable direction.
  • Dr. Norm
    Wakefield
  • Between the Words The Art of
    Perceptive Listening

21
Ask Good Questions
  • Phrase questions simply, directly, and clearly.
  • Use yes and no questions sparingly.
  • Be cautious about using why questions.
  • Consider answering a question with a question.

22
Jesus Often Asked Questions
  • Matt 2032What do you want me to do for you?
  • Mark 333Who are my mother and my brothers?
  • Luke 825Where is your faith?
  • Mark 103What did Moses command you?
  • John 1126Do you believe this?

23
Ask Good Questions
  • Phrase questions simply, directly, and clearly.
  • Use yes and no questions sparingly.
  • Be cautious about using why questions.
  • Consider answering a question with a question.
  • Allow for silence.
  • Avoid questions that attack.
  • Use questions to clarify the meaning of what has
    been said.
  • Stimulate discussion and discovery.

24
Develop Relationships
  • Pray for and with your group.
  • Stay in touch one-on-one outside group time.
  • Get together for fellowship and/or service
    outside the group time.
  • Identify members who need pastoral care.
  • Be available! Arrive early
  • and stay late.

25
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