Tuesday, October 14, 2008


The Greening of a Discussion Leader

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.

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree more. My firm conviction is that a teacher's primary duty with believing and interested Christians is not to wrap everything up in a tight little package and then tie a ribbon around it. If you do that to inquiring minds they may fail to do business with God. After all they think, "I have everything I need on the subject." Problem -- God may want them to do business with Him on the subject in conviction, further study, or some other activity. Trust the Holy Spirit; He'll use the prompting of the teaching to lead His people where He wants them.


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