We have discussed having optional discussion groups, in addition to the regular S2L sessions.  In our experience, despite the fact that up to half of the regular sessions are dedicated to discussions, it’s not enough time.

There are two basic ways to do discussion groups:  either lots of central control and guidance, so everyone gets a similar discussion, or no central control, so that locals are doing their own thing.  (One way or another, I will supply a list of discussion questions for each session.)

Which do you prefer?  What will work for your site?  Let me know what you think will work for you.  

12 Replies to “DISCUSSION GROUPS?”

  1. Good Day Shariff ,
    I prefer to haveeach group having their own autonomous discussion . The reason being even though there are general similarities in the discussion issues other matters might be unique to a particular country

  2. I agree that local control would be more effective however everyone is so busy that that is hard to manage. People are finding all kinds of reasons that this will not work for them so this simply becomes one more. Just tell us how is has to be and then tell us the alternative.

  3. I’d like to see discussion groups evolve organically from the classes, either after each class or at another time. Having a list of questions for the groups will be very helpful. Rev Judith Marshall

  4. I prefer local control. The program as currently set up is a big time commitment. Once people are engaged, it may be easy to get more commitment but adding more on the front end could prove an obstacle.

  5. Hi. I would appreciate discussion questions provided as some type of guidance. I would also prefer the opportunity to schedule discussions on the local level as we see fit. Thank you for inquiring.

  6. I think we’ll have be okay with discussion time. Although, I’ve seen that people here really LIKE discussion groups after service on Sunday. So, I think we can easily open up a Sunday-after-church discussion group since people are already at church. Opening up and committing to yet another time slot in their week might be difficult, or maybe not. But from my observation, they seem to like staying after church on Sundays, or the Tuesday night. We can always have/announce up front that if the discussion get long, we will continue on Sunday.

  7. Whether to have central control or no central control group discussions depends on the community. Unity of Lawrence had done both well. If the goal is to form a cohesive community then central discussions work well. If the intention is to create leaders in the movement then no control may work better. But ultimately if we allow our communities to make the choice in which they can discern what works best for them, they may feel it’s a collaboration of light workers. Isn’t that is an elevation in consciousness?

  8. We can do discussion groups any way we like. In our experience, there is a need for more concurrent discussions — the two-hour time slots zip by pretty quickly. And, this will especially be true with larger groups, with less time per person for discussion.

    In a few cases, groups just stayed longer, after the formal “ending”, with snacks and talked about what came up. In another instance, people came on a separate day for discussion. (In both instances, there were people who could not/did not join the discussion groups.)

    And, as you indicated, the discussion groups could take place AFTER the 12 week program.

  9. I have a question…and then my thoughts. I’m thinking these are the optional discussion groups that take place AFTER the 12 week program is complete and separate from the discussions taking place during the 12 week program. Can you confirm that this is correct? I think you supplying a list of discussion questions, but then leaving it to the local groups to facilitate and lead would be best.

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