Tip 10 – Two Ways You Can Encourage Group Discussion

Welcome to my series on 31 Women’s Ministry Tips!

Tip 10 is all about encouraging group discussion.

Women's Ministry Tip 10 - Two Ways You Can Encourage Group Discussion

Women’s Ministry Team meetings, Bible studies, Sunday school, and small groups all face the challenge of engaging the participants.

I’ve already shared with you one way to increase discussion in your groups in my post The One Thing Every Group Leader Needs to Learn.

Today I’m sharing two more critical pieces of the conversation puzzle.

1. If the goal is conversation and discussion (versus a lecture) you want everyone seated. Including the facilitator.

  • Standing at a podium or in front of the room will limit the discussion.
  • The group members will automatically talk to the facilitator, rather than to each other.
  • The room should be set up before the group arrives.

2. The group needs to be seated in a circle or around a table.

  • You don’t want anyone to face another person’s backside.
  • The facilitator needs to sit in a chair that faces the door to see and acknowledge latecomers.
  • The facilitator also needs to sit in a spot that allows her to see everyone else in the room.
  • About 10 minutes into the meeting remove extra chairs to eliminate any cold spots in the circle and have everyone scoot their chairs closer together to fill in the gaps.

Remember: How you set up the room will greatly decrease or increase the discussion.

How you set up the room will greatly decrease or increase the discussion.

Your turn to share: How do you encourage others to participate during your team meeting, Bible study group, etc.?

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  1. Bonnie, I love that you celebrate each of their birthdays! Clearly the group loves it too!! Thanks for sharing your ideas. 🙂

  2. Thanks for your ideas. Your right about it seeming to be an eternity before someone talks. My favorite thing to do for my women’s group is make the room pretty and welcoming. I usually have warm tea available and a light snack. Sometimes I bring in table cloths and candles to create a mood. I try to have something for each lady’s birthday. I think its so funny because I’ve been doing it for a year now. And a new member to the group will let me know its her birthday.

  3. Thanks Gina! 🙂

  4. I am glad you posted a picture with a table. I know most do not recommend it, but when it comes to digging into God’s Word, I love being able to lay out all my commentaries and resources and Bible and really dig in! These are some great ideas!

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