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Making Your Small Group Work Tip 1

Making Your Small Group Work Tip 1

Tip 1: Active Listening

Active listening is communicating to someone that you hear what they
are saying so they feel heard and understood.

Biblical references:
• James 1:19— “. . . everyone should be quick to listen . . .”
• Proverbs 17:27–28— “A man of knowledge uses words with restraint.”

Why it’s important:
• People know they are heard and understood
• They feel valued
• They discover more about themselves
• They are known at a deeper level by others

How to do it:
• Make eye contact
• Listen to the person who is talking and don’t interrupt
• Use statements or questions which show genuine interest and invite more communication
• Give feedback
• Not everyone in the group needs to respond verbally with questions or statements, but everyone needs to acknowledge what the person is saying (i.e., eye contact, nodding, body language)

Share Your Thoughts

Has your group struggled in this area? Share your stories and tips with fellow small group leaders in the comments section below.