FACILITATING PRAYER OR GROWTH GROUPS
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ… (II Peter 3:18).
Reading and discussing the Bible or a Christian book provides the opportunity to grow in knowledge while connecting with like-minded Christians. As a facilitator of a Book Club, or Growth Group, in addition to determining the logistics (what book, who, where, when), it is also important that you know how to structure the discussion, keep it going, ensure that it is engaging, and provide guidance and support so that each participant benefits from the discussion.
- Ask questions that provoke thought, such as “Describe your reading experience?”
- Discuss aspects of the book such as language, narrative voice, character development, plot development, author’s vision/intent, mood and setting, etc.
- Have participants come prepared to share 2-3 passages that moved them, have them read the passages aloud and share why and how they moved them.
- If the book has a discussion guide, use it to lead your discussion.
- Highlight provocative or controversial passages or themes from the book and facilitate a discussion around those topics.
- Find ways to make real-life and personal connections to the storyline, characters, or topics discussed.
- Ensure that the participants leave with actionable commitments, always promoting change and life transformation.
We know that there is power in prayer and a prayer group provides the opportunity for others to collectively share their needs, share their praises, and stand in the gap on behalf of others. A prayer group can be especially beneficial for women, providing them a way to connect with like-minded women as well as with their Heavenly Father as well as a way to feel supported.
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