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Processing what you learn

Earlier this week, I hosted a leader’s training for our junior high and high school adult leaders. Our focus was equipping leaders to facilitate small groups.

During this crash course in leading small groups, we addressed basic tips and tricks for facilitating a good discussion that involves everyone. It came just in the nick of time, too. Leaders put those skills into practice the very next night when our ministries kicked off. (What can I say… I started a month ago. We’re playing catch up).

The night went well. Leaders were engaged, despite the fact that this is one of the few trainings I lead in which I do nearly all of the talking.

As I wrapped up the training portion of our meeting, I asked if there were any questions. I then addressed the few there were before preparing to move on. That’s when my new boss interrupted and asked a question of his own – not to me but to the group. I can’t remember his wording exactly but it was something along the lines of, “What’s one new thing you learned tonight that you found helpful?”

Several people responded.

Here’s what was interesting to me about this.

I am, to a fault, a processor. I believe in its value. I emphasize it in pretty much everything I do.

Even so, it never occurred to me to ask a processing question in order to help leaders solidify their learnings from a training (although interestingly, I always process with leaders when we attend an outside training together.)

Yet, I know that recalling a new learning will make our leaders far more likely to actually put it into practice when it counts.

What’s more, hearing what leaders learned from my training was both helpful and encouraging. It gave me immediate, positive feedback. It will also allow me to tweak my small group leader’s training in order to more effectively meet the needs of future leaders.

Aside from that, watching my boss jump in reminded me that we’re better together. When we lead as a team, we can play off one another. One person can jump in when someone else forgets to do something like process.

Together, we can equip our leaders for the ministry that awaits them… And us.

By |2018-09-06T05:06:25+00:00September 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, IL. Jen is the author of A Mission that Matters (Abingdon Press), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon Press), The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus and the corresponding student devotional, The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. When not doing ministry, she and her husband Doug can be found hiking, backpacking, and traveling with their toddler, Hope.

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