CalvaryLeader: Some Tips of Leading a Discussion
- Serve as a Facilitator, not a lecturer.
- Your goal is to encourage personal interaction among group members.
- Try not to be overly directive or too passive.
- Focus on what Scripture or study has to say and not on you as the Facilitator.
- Maintain an atmosphere of love and acceptance.
- Never put down a person’s comments or contribution.
- Ask open-ended questions (not answered by “yes” or “no”).
- Encourage involvement.
- Call on non-participants by name to respond.
- Stimulate discussion using active feedback to responses.
For example: Acknowledge responses to questions and ask follow-up questions to clarify general or vague responses
- Encourage application.
For example, ask: “What can we do as a result of this point?”
- Keep the discussion on track.
- Suggest new issues be “tabled” until you finish your present discussion.
- Summarize the main ideas that are presented to keep the group focused.