Term Paper: Communicating in Small Groups Christian

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[. . .] He wants to be an example to the flock.

He is aware that, as a leader, he is supposed to develop members to be leaders too, and so he keeps an eye on gifted members who can become leaders. In the process of leading the group, he discovers a good singer, dancer, writer, speaker or artist. After praying for guidance, he selects a discussion leader, an assistant leader, a host or hostess, a mission coordinator, a greeter or social coordinator, a worship or prayer leader, a secretary or follow-up coordinator and a sharing leader.

The leader shares the decision-making function with all the members.

Handling Conflict

The leader is sensitive to the condition of his members. He can quickly sense if a conflict is imminent and promptly acts on it.

He confronts a problem while yet small or manageable, not when it is advanced and overwhelming. He is able to do this because he keeps informed about his members' situations and conditions.

He deals with the issue, not with the personalities. He focuses on facts and does not allow others to influence him. He thinks and decides independently.

He seeks clarifications on the issue or matter of conflict and does so with each person or group at a time. Then he calls for a meeting between the opposing parties.

During that meeting, he prays with them for light and a solution and to prevent confrontation and further division. Then he attempts to disentangle the issue. In the process, he avoids or discourages interruptions. He also explores what good can come out of bad ideas from either side.

The fellowship ministry leader performs a number of functions. He is an advocate in encouraging the members; a tension reliever who uses jokes for the purpose and redirects attention away from a tense issue; the timekeeper, the summarizer, and the energizer or group stimulant. As encourager, he motivates all the members to join the discussion, encourages them to contribute to it, and emphasizes the value of their comments. As clarifier, he handles confusion and dispute by addressing the dispute correctly and interpreting it clearly. As an explorer, he always wants to discover new and different areas. As analyst, he examines the issues of conflict carefully, weighs sides and suggestions and thinks through it clearly. As a mediator, he facilitates or establishes harmony among the members and seeks out the best compromise. As a synthesizer, he puts different points-of-view, opinions, rules and plans together to weave an acceptable agreement. And as a programmer, he adeptly organizes an action and performs it with the members.

Effects upon Members strong sense of belonging, of significance and of reliance empowers the members who seek out new responsibilities to prove themselves better. Though they come from different cultures, they are knitted together by a common pursuit of God and love for Him and His Son, Jesus. The members also come to view themselves more clearly as unique persons despite their mistakes and stations in life. They use this point-of-view on others as well. And the trust shown to them by their leader as well as fellow members confer in them a greater capability to trust others and themselves


It has been said that God uses people other than pastors and priests to fulfill His ministry on earth, and that, often, these simple or obliviously ordinary people prove even more effective workers. He also uses the weak to confound the strong.

In the same way that the first ministry began small, small Christian fellowship groups can and do often develop into powerful ministries in the world. The lack of theological training or education is not an obstacle to establishing effective small groups or developing great Christian leaders from among their members. When ordinary members actively participate in their local ministries or even talk about God in direct and humble witness to their families and friends, workmates and neighbors, they unleash no less than Divine Power, which always resides in them.

Whenever this happens, it is no longer the leader or member who does the work, but He Who wants to take His abode in the heart of everyone who loves and serves Him.


1. Doyle, CR. (2002). Small Groups. Free Christian Leadership Training.

A accessed 28-02-03). http://www.freechristianleadertraining.org/small-groups.htm

2. Beebe, Steven A. And John Masterson. (1999). Communicating in Small Groups. 7th edition. Allyn and Bacon Companion Website. http://wps.ablongman.com/ab_beebe_commgrps_7 [END OF PREVIEW]

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