by Rick Howerton
Facilitating a small group Bible study is one of my favorite things to do. Hearing the combined wisdom of the group, drawing the hesitant group member into the conversation, searching for God’s truth while keeping each other’s opinions in check, and seeing the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit as He uses many voices to find out what God is really saying, is a thrill I never get tired of.
Being an effective conversational Bible study facilitator demands keeping a few things in mind. Below are my 10 Commandments of Small Group Bible Study Facilitation.
- Thou shalt make Scripture the centerpiece of the conversation.
- Thou shalt talk less than 30% of the time (20% would be even better).
- Thou shalt prepare easy to understand questions.
- Thou shalt ask open-ended questions.
- Thou shalt be an active listener.
- Thou shalt allow group members to answer one another’s questions (Don’t jump in and answer someone’s question unless you have to.).
- Thou shalt make the goal to find out what God is saying (not people’s opinions concerning what God might be saying).
- Thou shalt not allow the overly-talkative person to ambush the conversation.
- Thou shalt never demean anyone (for a question asked or a response given).
- Thou shalt call the group to apply the truth learned (The greatest spiritual growth comes in doing God’s Word, not just knowing it.)