As a small group leader, you want people to talk. But what happens when one person starts talking and never stops? Discover simple techniques to deal with small group members who talk too much.
Lead Small Groups
Leading a small group is rewarding but challenging. Find articles and other resources to guide you and give insights into leading discussions, getting people to talk, spurring growth, and more.
An excessively needy person who dominates discussion yet never seems satisfies with the love and nurture offered by a small group can wreck group dynamics. To guard the group’s integrity, recognize and deal with this personality type before members exit the group and the concept of small groups forever.
There are certain phrases and stances that make people reluctant or even scared to keep talking. Learn what you should never say if you want people to share their thoughts, experiences, fears, and hopes.
But there are certain statements that shut down conversation. I’ve known that terse responses and pat answers weren’t conducive to getting people talking and continuing to share their stories. But until recently, I didn’t understand why this happened or how to recognize phrases and stances that ended discussions abruptly.
Learn common phrases that shut people down so you can avoid them and keep people talking.
Making Small Groups Work: What Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know offers the theological vision and practical guidance for nurturing small groups within a Christian faith community.
In this book, psychologists Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend show how healthy relationships within a small group offer the ideal environment for personal growth. They dispel common, unspoken sentiment that maturity and wisdom happen largely as the result of communing with God alone, striving for growth in a vacuum, divorced from daily life and fellow Christians.
Here are simple ways to get people talking about things that matter during small group sessions and Bible study.
Shame is embedded in everyday talk, making us feel uncomfortable without knowing why. Here’s how to recognize and deal with shame for better conversations.