Small groups are designed to press God’s Word into one another. We want to help each other apply God’s Word as we seek to grow spiritually. We don’t base our life on man’s wisdom or the experience of others, though sometimes this can be helpful. We want to know what God has to say. When we study God’s Word as a group, we can challenge, deepen and strengthen each other’s faith.
USE THIS TIME TO DISCUSS AND APPLY GOD’S WORD
As a Small Group Leader, you are not a teacher or preacher— you’re a facilitator. As a leader, it’s tempting to share insights and all the things you have learned during the week from your own study. But this isn’t the goal. Instead, your job is to ask questions to facilitate a meaningful conversation and draw out discussion amongst your group.
How do I prepare as a leader?
When facilitating your group, be ready to rephrase a question or redirect your question to members who are reserved and need to be drawn out. Affirm what members say and be quick to redirect the conversation when it becomes hijacked, drifts off topic or if it spirals into criticism.
To engage your small group in a dynamic discussion, it’s best to limit the number of questions you ask. Ask short questions that are to the point. Allow the conversation to evolve on its own. Sometimes, people don’t see how God is working in their lives until they start talking about it. This is why facilitating discussion and drawing people out is so important.
Asking good questions is a skill you can develop. Good questions start with the heart and help people think for themselves. They are thought-provoking, encourage group members to solve problems and get people excited about what they’re learning. Good questions encourage action, increase ownership and make difficult topics safe to discuss. Through questions, you can evoke curiosity and help your small group think differently.
What questions should I ask?
Asking good questions will create an environment that is open to learning and growth. This can be one of the most powerful ways you can influence your group members.
Simple. The best questions are short and to the point. Don’t confuse people—ask one question at a time.
Clear. The best questions are asked in a way that is easy to understand. You shouldn’t need to explain your question or set up your question with additional background information.
Urgent. The best questions promote action and move to application. Why does this matter? So what?