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Small group discussion don’t always run smoothly. Leaders often struggle with the unexpected because they don’t anticipate difficult situations and are unsure how to respond when they arise. Here are 10 of the most common surprises and how you can prepare for them.
Here are some ways you can respond when group members ask you questions you want them to answer themselves:
You can eliminate most small group discussion crashes by planning and preparing well. Learn to trust the Lord with your efforts. A good sense of humor will also help.
If you have a problem not listed here or you don’t know what to do, pray. Ask God to give you wisdom. You can also talk to someone with more experience leading small groups about what to do. Whatever happens, don’t get too stressed. Even great groups have their share of discussion disasters.
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Adapted from Rick Hove, “The Ultimate Roadtrip: A Guide to Leading Small Groups” (Orlando: CruPress, 2010). Order at Crupress.com
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Life-changing small group environments are less about how-tos and more about experiencing Jesus. They are not focused on building head knowledge but on changing hearts and minds. These communities not only equip their members for service but also expose sin and call people to adore Christ. Christ-centered communities transform lives from the inside out.
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