Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The Greening of a Discussion Leader
Scribbled by Jailer
The first article I remember reading that really had an impact on my group leadership was "The Greening of a Discussion Leader", an extract in Christianity Today from a 1982 InterVarsity Press book called Getting Together. It explains how to use open-ended questions to generate deeper, more meaningful discussion and reduce the tension in a group. My favorite advice comes right at the end, though: you don't need to wrap up a discussion! "The whole purpose of the discussion was to stimulate. You'd much rather see people walk out of the room arguing, churning with things yet to say, bothered by ideas they've heard. The best way to accomplish this is to simply cut off while things are going well." Read the whole article.