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  • Practical Solutions to Common Small Group Bible Study Dilemmas
    time with them outside of the group in one on one situations or make a point to visit with them at events The more comfortable safe and valued quiet people feel with the group members the easier it will be for them to interact in the group as a whole Remember to sometimes allow people the privilege of being silent The Monopolizers or Over talkers Monopolizers are often natural leaders Appreciate their enthusiasm and involvement At least the entire group is not consistently staring at you with blank looks and answering questions with the dreaded I don t know Don t ignore the problem and let them rule the group You are the leader for a reason Don t put them in their place or otherwise embarrass them by correcting them strongly in public You are a facilitator not a dictator Don t avoid confronting You are a discipler teaching and training them to do God s work better Love them enough to help them change Solutions Give them a job Often the talkative ones are those who love to jump in help when needed or lead when given a chance Ask them to open in prayer lead worship or bring a story or quote about the topic you re going to discuss Put a time limit on responses by stating So that everyone has a chance to share take 3 minutes or less to tell us a highlight of Christmas break Stick to it If necessary assign someone the monopolizer maybe stopwatch duty Make a rule that everyone has the opportunity to contribute once before anyone responds a second time to the same question When a monopolizer takes a breath interrupt with an affirming comment and redirect the question For example That is helpful Joe What s do you think Shawn or Good point Alice Now what do the rest of you think about restate the question If it becomes a consistent problem for 3 weeks or so talk privately to them They are probably unaware they are over talking and would rather know how to improve Sandwich the issue you are addressing with sincere affirmation For example Will I so appreciate your helpful contributions to our discussions I love your enthusiasm Not everyone in the group has the same confidence you have in their ability to articulate their thoughts I was wondering if you could help me draw them out by holding off answering the questions until one or two people speak I want you to know that your input is much needed and it encourages others to participate in the discussion Stronger correction may be needed but be sure to always speak in love keeping in mind your own weaknesses Come to them in love for the good of the group Come to them as well for their godly character development and successful people skills at work and socially The Argumentative Ones Argumentative people may place a high value on people believing what is right and true

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  • Leading and Effective Bible Study Discussion
    application Sylvia The leader picked up on the last comment to form a new question The leader needs to stay in control of the discussion but doesn t have to talk incessantly Redirection from a tangent Graciously say to the rabbit trail taker Those are interesting thoughts You might add That might be a good topic to talk more about afterwards Then to the rest of the group summarize where the discussion left off and restate the question or ask a new one Use prompting If you ask a question no one can answer give people some additional direction or adjust the question so it s a better one Avoid answering your own question For example Leader How could Isaiah s vision in the temple benefit the modern church Group Blank looks Leader Isaiah had an overwhelming vision of God as holy and exalted If we were overwhelmed by God s holiness how would that change our lives Ask for elaboration or clarification Have people elaborate on their ideas For example Leader What can we learn from Abraham s obedience Esmerelda Discipline Leader Oh yes that s good What can we learn about discipline from Abraham Other invitations to elaborate can be Tell us more What do you mean by the term Can you explain or illustrate that Give positive reinforcement Good idea Thank you and frequent smiles or head nods go a long way to encourage people to feel safe in discussions But what if someone is totally off base Try to reinforce as much of the answer as possible For example Leader What does Jesus death on the cross mean to us Billy Sue It means we can get drunk every night and cheat on tests because God will forgive us Leader Forgiveness That really is the key issue when we think of the cross You sure are right in that But what do you think our response to God s forgiveness should be Earlene Call on non volunteers After asking a question pause and look several people in the eye This will make them think you are going to call on them About 50 of the time call on someone to answer But always give people time to think For example Don t say Bob what is your favorite book of the Bible Say What is your favorite book of the Bible Pause Look several people in the eye Bob DON Ts Don t echo Don t repeat people s answers If they can t be heard ask them to repeat it Don t answer your own questions See prompting above Don t look for one answer That s good but it s not quite what I m looking for will kill a discussion If you want to make one point just state it teach it or use another appropriate method Don t tell people they are wrong Try to avoid saying You re wrong or I think you made a mistake Bettylou See the example under

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  • Feedback for Bible Study Small Group Discussion Facilitators
    Seminar Appointment Information Feedback for Discussion Facilitators Download Printable PDF See also Leading an Effective Discussion How to Lead a Small Group Components of a Small Group Small Group Guidelines Practical Solutions to Common Small Group Dilemmas Leading an Effective Discussion Feedback for Discussion Facilitators Relationship Builders Worship Ideas for Small Groups Prayer Ideas for Small Groups Praying with Others Give these questions to your co leader or leader in training in your small group Ask him or her to observe your group leading during one of the meetings and give you some feedback privately afterwards Humbly requesting feedback is one way to continue growing as an effective discussion facilitator Were the group members in a circle at approximately eye level with each other and able to easily see each other speaking Did the facilitator use eye contact to include everyone in the group Were the questions discussable Did he she minimize leader talk encouraging group members to talk How did he she take opportunities to use the following Redirection have others answer the same question or bring the discussion back from a rabbit trail Prompting give additional directions or a better question so the group members answer the question

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  • Small Group Bible Study Helps : Relationship Builders
    History Telling Questions Tell About Your Past Week Event Member in the Spotlight Affirmations Asking Questions Games Trust Building Games Large Group Games Introductions Introduce Yourself Variations As your mother would introduce you to the group As your childhood babysitter would introduce you As your best friend would introduce you State your full name and the places you have lived How did you get your middle name Information Gathering Have people pair up and discover as much information as they can about each other in three minutes full name where they are from major job favorite class or aspect of job hobbies interests family facts Then the pairs introduce each other to the rest of group using all the information they learned Nuts Bolts Have nuts and bolts of different sizes making sure they match Give each person a nut or bolt The participants then have to find who has their match Once they have found their match they tell each other about themselves Then join the group and introduce each other with the information they ve discovered Demographics The group decides among themselves what information they would like to find out about the members of the group major job

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  • Worship Ideas for Small Groups, Bible Studies
    Him Study Tools for Mentoring Worship Module together This short but powerful study includes Scriptures about your attitude during worship various physical expressions of worship see next idea and dozens of psalms to use for worshipping God When you read the Scriptures about various physical expressions of worship practice one or two during each small group meeting Position is more important than we think the outward is a reflection of the inward Consider a person slouching in his seat who doesn t budge when someone important walks in It says something Often when we use our body in worship our heart responds and we are able to enter into God s presence more easily and quickly Discuss these questions Describe a time in which you really sensed God s presence in a close way What are things you do to draw close to God Choose a few ideas and practice them together as a group Read Romans 12 1 2 and talk about how we worship by dedicating every action we do to the Lord our work studies conversations as well as our songs when we gather Ask the group to share specifically what it would look like to work study or speak as acts of worship Invite them to share one next step to put one of their ideas into practice this week Have times in worship where your small group members one by one speak out the names and attributes of God from the article on this website You can print a copy for each member They could circle the ones that are most meaningful to them right now Have each group member finish the sentence Lord I thank you for Use psalms to worship God Remember to stress listening to the words and worshipping God with them Read with expression and from the heart Some good psalms for this are 23 27 40 and 103 See list of psalms for worship at the end of this article Have small group members take turns reading one or two psalms out loud from their hearts Then pray in response Or ask them to speak their praise to God using the words of a psalm Choose an appropriate psalm and have each person read a verse Or use a psalm as a responsive reading where one person reads a verse and the group responds by reading the next verse in unison Use Psalm 136 as a responsive reading Have one person speak the descriptive verse and the group respond with the repeating verse Read from the heart Use God s creation as a catalyst for worship Read Romans 1 20 or Psalm 104 Then spend time reflecting how nature reveals God s character For example the mountains reveal His majesty Either go outside for a walk or look out a window Ask each person to reflect on one thing in nature and how it reveals what God is like e g a tree the clouds a blade of grass Then

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  • Prayer Ideas for Small Groups, Bible Studies
    for revival in Isaiah 64 1 5 For spiritual power use the early disciples prayer in Acts 4 29 31 More Scriptures to pray are in Tools for Mentoring Prayer Module section Pray Some Prayers from the Bible Adopt a missionary or a country as a small group to pray for Ask your pastor for recent newsletters to pray through Tools for Mentoring Missions Module includes ready to use ideas for strategic prayer for missionaries and countries Get prayer ideas for unreached people groups using Global Prayer Digest www globalprayerdigest org Take a newspaper from that day or week Have the small group go through it and find issues and people to pray for Then pray for these people and current events Take one or two staff members or leaders of your campus group church each week and pray for them and their ministry Keep a prayer journal for the small group Record requests and answers Each week pray review your requests and report back each week One of the group members may want to update the prayer journal each week For each answered prayer place a stone in a glass jar As it fills up over the school year it serves as a visual reminder of God s power and faithfulness Divide the Lord s Prayer Matthew 6 9 13 into portions to focus on different ways to pray You could choose one each week for the group s prayer time Tools for Mentoring Prayer Module section Let s Pray is a study already prepared Study sections of Tools for Mentoring Prayer Module over several meetings to learn how to hear God speaking to you different ways to pray the significance of your prayers fasting praying in a group and more Use the built in responses to God Follow the P R A Y model often as a group and encourage individuals to use it alone Take turns reading each way to P R A Y and the corresponding passage Then ask for volunteers who would like to pray each part The leader may consider praying the Repent portion to model transparency and confession in a supportive community P Praise Him for His love and goodness Thank Him for something in your life I will praise God s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving Psalm 69 30 R Repent for wrong choices Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any hidden sin Receive forgiveness Repent then and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out that times of refreshing may come from the Lord Acts 3 19 20 A Ask for what you and others need This is the confidence we have in approaching God that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us And if we know that he hears us whatever we ask we know that we have what we asked of him 1 John 5 14 15 Y Yield to God Listen to the Holy Spirit s inner voice

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  • Praying with Others : An exerpt from Tools for Mentoring
    a group is participating in a conversation together with God Think of it as you and your friends sitting with Jesus around the table and as a group telling Him about the concerns you need His help with What would the conversation be like Rather than one person listing all the requests to Jesus while the rest of you sit and listen someone starts a topic and others contribute to it until the topic is complete It s like each person adding a piece to a puzzle People keep the conversation moving by making their contributions one after the other so there are no awkward silences Usually you know when no one else has anything they want to contribute because there s a short silence Then someone can start a new topic Listen to what the Holy Spirit wants you to pray and also pray what you already know Even if many thoughts come to mind that you could contribute to the topic pray aloud just one of them and see if others come up with the rest You can add something later if it wasn t covered Stay engaged Don t get distracted by what you want to pray next or by something unrelated Agree with what s being prayed and then add to the topic the conversation goes deeper as it becomes more specific When you agree with someone s prayers you add your faith to theirs You are doing your part on a battering ram Again truly I Jesus tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for it will be done for them by my Father in heaven For where two or three gather in my name there am I with them Matthew 18 19 20 In summary use these

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  • Name Games for Small Group Bible Studies
    Seminar Appointment Information Name Games Introductions Name Games History Telling Activities History Telling Questions Tell About Your Past Week Event Member in the Spotlight Affirmations Asking Questions Games Trust Building Games Large Group Games Name Action The leader says his first name and then does an action that begins with the letter of his first name The next person repeats the leader s name does his action and then add his own The third repeats the first then the second and adds his own Repeat around the group Name Game with Ball Participants sit or stand in circle and one person has a ball He throws it to another while saying that person s name Sears Catalog Each person in the group chooses an item that might be found in a department store catalog The item should describe something about the person job hobby major favorite food sport etc The second person repeats the first one s name and object and adds his own name and object The third person repeats the first the second and adds his own name and object Repeat around the group Variation Choose an item that starts with the same letter as their first name

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