Facilitating a Meeting
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Facilitating a Meeting

When a Bible Study or Christian book Study or Prayer Study is started, often the chosen leader uses the pastor's example to teach down to everyone.  Wrong Answer.  Even Jesus didn't do that all the time.  He asked questions of the disciples. He served them.  He was making disciples who would lead like himself.

St. Paul laid out what a New Testament time church was supposed to be like. "What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.  All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church." 1 Cor. 14:26  " Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ." Eph. 5:19-20  " Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.  Let the Word [logos] of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish on another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God." Col. 3:15-16

Each of us brings what the Lord has given us to the meeting; we are not coming to be spectators to a leader who has been ordained by some organization. Paul had to set up bishops (leaders) at the start up of meetings, but eventually it would be the Holy Spirit who indwelled each of us to lead the meeting.

Here's what one leader has been doing with a group that made it go well.
http://topr.online.ucf.edu/index.php/Discussion_Facilitation

Here's a quick list of tips for running a discussion. 
http://www.asp.ucar.edu/ecsa/download/Workshop_training/discussion_facilitat
ion_tips.pdf


Here's another perspective on this task to give you a feeling on the importance of things.
http://www.nald.ca/library/learning/study/scrole3.htm

Here's Christianity Today's quick take on it:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/biblestudies/articles/spiritualformation/06
1213.html?start=2


editted: April 19, 2017         orderofsaintpatrick.org/teachings/meeting.htm