Preparing to Guide
Every WordGo Guide can be ready to facilitate their group gathering by reading the passage, picking some questions and praying for their group. In this training Dana explains three simple steps Guides can take to prepare for their gathering each week.
How will you prioritise your time for personal study and prep time?
Who can you ask to support you in prayer throughout your time of guiding a WordGo Group?
What group discussion format will you use during your gatherings?
Every WordGo Guide can effectively prepare to facilitate their group
Have you ever had one of those moments where you just felt underprepared? Someone calls unexpectedly to your house and as you welcome them in your mind goes to the pile of dishes stacked up in the kitchen. You are at work and out of nowhere someone asks you to talk about what you are currently working on and for some reason in that moment you can’t think of one single thing you did that day?
We’ve all been there! and we know how uncomfortable that can be for us and others. We want you to feel good and excited about guiding your group each week and that is possible.
Each week as you prepare for guiding your group there are a few small steps you can take that will make a big difference for you and your group.
The aim of WordGo is to help everyone develop a regular rhythm of studying the Bible. When we frequently spend time in God’s Word our minds are renewed and our hearts are encouraged, that is our hope for you as a Guide, that even as you prepare for the gathered part of your study that you will experience growth and transformation.
Reading the bible passage each week is your first step in preparing well. As you read perhaps note down any parts of the passages that you find particularly challenging or encouraging. It may be a good time to note down any parts of the scripture that people may have questions about, you are not expected to answer but it’s good to validate the questions your group member might raise, you can always encourage them to take a look in the study notes for additional explanation.
Once you’ve read the passage your next step is to consider the questions. We’ve broken these up daily for you in the App. There will be a maximum of 5 on any given day. The questions are designed to help deepen your understanding of the text.
There are fact questions about the text, lesson questions about the character of God and application questions about our response to what we’ve learned.
Before you gather you can choose some questions to ask to get the conversation started. You have options; you can select a few from the App or you can use these three questions as a framework for discussion;
What’s the passage about?
What do you learn?
How will you apply it?
As the weeks go by you will begin to discover the style of discussion to best fit for your group. The gathering is an opportunity for everyone to share what they’ve been learning through their personal study this will hopefully mean the discussion flows more freely than if they’d just read the passage or heard the questions for the first time.
You have read the passages, you have considered the questions, the final step we would encourage you to take is to pray.
Pray for the people..
Think about the people coming and consider how you can best pray for them. Life is busy and we all have limited time and energy perhaps praying for your group that the gathering would be a great place to come and relax, connect with friends and learn more about God is a good place to begin.
Pray for the group discussion time
The Word of God is active and living and it can changes lives. Pray that as you discuss the scriptures your group members would be challenged, encouraged and transformed.
Finally pray for yourself!
Each week before you meet your group take some time to reflect and give thanks for what God is doing in and through your life, offer any emotional, physical or spiritual needs up to God and choose to depend on him.
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