Ask Yourself . . .

October 29th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

Last week, we had a series of posts about how question-asking is an essential skill for effective leadership (see, here, here, and here). But there’s one aspect of asking questions we didn’t touch on: using it as a self-diagnostic tool. Your leadership benefits when you’re curious about others, but it also benefits when you’re curious about yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Be Rich 2015

October 25th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

It’s that time of year again. We’re kicking off Be Rich — our annual giving and serving campaign. We’re excited to see what God has in store this year.

If you use the weekly discussion questions to talk about each week’s message in your group (or even if you don’t), I want to give you heads up that there are no questions this week. That’s because instead of talking about the content of Andy’s Be Rich message, we want you to to take an evening to plan how you’ll serve as a group.

That’s why we created the Be Rich Small Group Experience. It makes it easy for you to figure out how you can serve together as a group. We’re asking every single group to use the Be Rich Group Experience between now and the middle of November to create your own service project. We’ve even identified family-friendly projects if you want to get your kids involved in serving.

Be Rich is a great opportunity for groups to grow closer to God and closer to one another through service. Don’t miss that opportunity.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth . . . . Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
1 Timothy 6:17a, 18

7 Types of Questions to Ask in Group, Part 2

October 16th, 2015 by Mark Shull

In my previous post, I gave you the first three of seven types of questions to ask in group. Here are the final four. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Types of Questions to Ask in Group, Part 1

October 14th, 2015 by Mark Shull

[As I mentioned in my previous post, we’re focusing this week on the skill of asking good questions. Today and Friday, we have a two-part post by Mark Shull, the Director of Men’s Groups at Buckhead Church. It’s all about the different ways we can use questions to help our group members think about, process, and own their faith journeys. —Ed.]

The idea of asking questions instead of always offering answers seems simple, right? It’s easy to understand, but challenging to practice . . . especially when something difficult or controversial comes up in group. Asking good questions takes practice as well as an understanding of what makes a question good and what type of question to ask depending on what you’re trying to accomplish. Read the rest of this entry »

Asking Good Questions

October 12th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

The ability to ask good questions is key for any leader. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come naturally for most of us. It’s a skill we have to develop over time. And developing  that skill requires effort and intentionality (I know it’s something I’m still working on).

This week on the blog, we’re going to get practical and specific about how, when, and why to ask good questions in group. We’re kicking things off with this short video. We produced it a couple years ago for Starting Point leaders, but everything in it applies to leading Community Groups or Short-Term Groups. In fact, everything in it applies to leading in any context whatsoever.

Enjoy. We’ll be back on Wednesday with more to share about asking good questions.

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