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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Consideration of Size

Group dynamics change with the number of people you work with. Jesus understood this clearly. The way He shared His life with Peter, James and John was different to the way He taught the Twelve when all together. This contrasted clearly with the style of His public teaching to large crowds.

Similarly, in the intimacy of a small group, don't be tempted to preach at the class. Questions and answers worked into a dialogue are far more effective. You have the luxury of being able to tailor your teaching to the needs of your group. But that means getting to know them, appreciating the different ways they learn best, finding out their level of understanding and level of comfort - if they are t be lovingly challenged to step outside that box and grow more.

It's a heavy responsibility - but not one we bear alone. We can ask the Holy Spirit to guide us and empower us in order to make not just good decisions; but bold, outrageous decisions that challenge and inspire faith in those we lead.


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