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Opening (5 minutes)
Use your established opening ritual or invite a facilitation team to lead an opening from their homework.
Check-In (15 minutes)
Invite people to share a few sentences that capture how they are doing right now.
Remind facilitators that in the small group, the check-in is not processed with questions. You have done so in the training session simply to allow facilitators the opportunity to observe the results of the process.
Focus (45 minutes)
Explain the "Uh-Oh Moment"—when we are facilitating and something comes up (either within ourselves or in the group) that we are unsure how to handle. Share the list of fears participants generated in the previous session. Ask volunteers if they can think of additional situations that would cause anxiety.
Identify the situations participants are most worried about. If some are not included here, create a scenario to use instead of or in addition to the Uh-Oh Moments provided. Then, lead the scenarios:
UH-OH MOMENT #1
Invite a small group ministry facilitator team to lead an opening, from their homework. Bring in the Uh-Oh Moment, as it makes sense. For example, if facilitators are worried about someone talking on and on about something off-topic, begin doing that as the opening begins.
Give the facilitators time to react.
UH-OH MOMENT #2
Invite a small group ministry facilitator team to lead a focus topic and discussion from their homework. Bring in the Uh-Oh Moment, as it makes sense. For example, if facilitators are worried about "cross-talk" (where two people are engaged in a side conversation), as soon as someone in the group responds to the topic, turn to them and say "Really? I had the same thing happen to me. Remember that time we were organizing the annual picnic and you-know-who forgot to bring the you-know-what... "
UH-OH MOMENT #3
Invite a small group ministry facilitator team to lead a closing from their homework. Bring in the Uh-Oh Moment, as it makes sense. For example, if facilitators are worried about someone making negative comments about the group, share that you thought the session today was really disappointing and poorly run.
Discuss other Uh-Oh Moments that have come up and new ones that people might contribute.
Questions (10 minutes)
Activity (5 minutes)
Talk through next steps in the launching of small groups.
Check-Out (5 minutes)
Closing (5 minutes)
Confirm time and location for monthly meetings.
Use your established closing ritual. Or, invite a facilitation team to lead a closing from their homework.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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