Women's Ministry Tip 10 - Two Ways You Can Encourage Group DiscussionWomen’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.?

You may also want to read:
Tips & Tools for Bible Study or Small Group Facilitators
What to Do with Dominating Group or Team Members
A Code of Conduct for Small Groups

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