While this may take some courage the first few times you do it, it can become instinctive over time. What you’ll see is that your group will grow in confidence toward you and will greatly appreciate the fact that no person or issue can hold the discussion hostage and completely take over.
As you can see, guiding a group discussion can be messy. This is why we need to approach it like a dance and not a march. People are unpredictable and need a safe place where they can make mistakes and learn. These four tips will help you provide that, and you’ll find that your group members will want to come back week after week.
—Andrew S. Mason is the Small Groups Pastor of Real Life Church, a family of churches in Northern California, and the founder of SmallGroupChurches.com.