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Prepare for Success

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Successful small groups do not just happen accidentally.  

1. Prepare Yourself

  • The greatest place for the enemy to attack is in the leadership of the group.  As a leader we must work to be right with God and others.
  • Prayer, Fasting, Worship, Rest, Alone Time

2. Prepare The Atmosphere

  • Relies mainly on Group host/apprentice. Sensitivity to the following issues helps the group move fluidly without distractions
  • Room is neat, free of strong odors
  • Temperature and Lighting are comfortable
  • Chairs are in place
  • Bathroom is clean and supplied properly
  • Distractions are removed (phones, pets, children, etc.



6:30-6:45 Students Arrive

6:45-7:00 Eat

7:00-Icebreaker Game

7:10- Lesson

7:25 Small Group Breakouts

7:55  Small group Pray and Leave

Small Group Tips


1. Respond to Group Members Participation

  • Exhibit Enthusiasm (especially after first question)
  • Use Positive reinforcement techniques (“I’m impressed!” “Way to Go!” “Excellent answer...”)
    • 7% of your conversation/teaching is conveyed through words. 38% through tone of voice. 55% through Nonverbal
    • Maintain strong eye contact
    • Be aware of posture (lean forward when others contribute)
    1. Use Observation, Discussion, and Application Questions
      • Observation Questions-Introduction questions specific to the passage. “What does it say?”
      • Discussion Questions- Use in the middle of teaching.  “What does it mean?” (Beware of subjectivity vs. truth!)
      • Application Questions- Use toward the end of teaching.  “How does this apply to your life?” (Some may be rhetorical)
    2. Understand how to use “Wait Time”
      • Don’t fear silence after a question
      • Instruct group members to use a specified amount of time before responding. (ex:“take twenty seconds to think about...)
      • Increasing wait time allows for
    • o Learners to volunteer more accurate answers
      o Answers with better reasoning and thinking
      o More people to respond
      o Participants to ask questions their own questions about the topic


  • 4. Follow up Feedback with Expanding Questions
    • Use questions as catalysts for thinking
     o “Can you illustrate the point you’re making?”

         o “Can you be more specific?”

         o “How does your answer apply to what Bob said earlier?”

                    • Increase involvement by tapping into to the wisdom of others after a member’s question.

          o “Who can identify with what she is saying?”

          o “Would someone else like to address Bob’s question?”


  • No Loners Allowed! Be assertive to introduce people to each other.  Set people up to meet people
  • Use music to keep critical thinking time conformable, Example Reading Scripture etc. 
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