The church is made up of small groups whether it is Sunday School or a home Bible study. The class I took about Small Groups was one I took only because I wanted to graduate but it turned into one of the most helpful classes I ever took. Teaching is not my strong suit, and this course helped me see the error of my ways and hopefully made me a better teacher/facilitator.
Facilitation of a Group Discussion
Taken from How to Lead a Small Group, by Neal McBride (You should check it out!)
The four main roles of a discussion leader...
1. Catalyst. Get it going. A catalyst can be defined as a person whose talk, enthusiasm, or energy causes others to be more enthusiastic or energetic (in their involvement).
2. Guide/enabler. Lead the discussion. And do your best to get everyone talking. Keep it on topic.
3.Clarifier. Keep it biblical- reword when it is needed.
4. Informer. Affirm contribution that is biblical and true.
Behavior for the discussion leader to avoid...
1. Being the answer person
2. Having the last word
3. Being a monopolizer
If you say you are leading a discussion then discipline yourself to do just that. Don't take it over; allow time for thought. And listen to people when they speak!
Good discussion questions are...
The three types of questions...
Example: What are the seven reasons stated in this passage?
Example: What is Paul's meaning in Ephesians 2:12 when he says, "Work out your salvation with fear and trembling?"
Example: What can we do as a group this week to demonstrate the love of God?
And now for some tips on questions to avoid...
And of course some useful suggestions...
Remember your responsibility
Take baby steps
Silence is OK, let it be comfortable
Don't force people to answer
Help out the long winded people
My humble opinion about teaching and facilitating is that prayerful preparation, faith in God's ability to use you, and genuine love for your brothers and sister in Christ goes a long way towards the teacher of the year award.
A little while back, when we had a visitor, we took her to the Sight and Sound Theatre in Branson, Mo. It was great fun! My two year old niece was on the edge of my mom's lap until sleep finally won over, and my two nephews 7 and 5 were completely captivated all the way through.
The 5 year old made a point of explaining to me the 'bad men' were only acting like bad men so that we could learn the story. His thought process makes me smile!