Not everyone is a natural at creating conversation. However, this is an important skill for small-group leaders. Your ability to make conversation helps people feel at ease in your group and encourages them to participate in discussions. Here are some practical tips to build your confidence in facilitating conversation.
- Tune In. Strong facilitators know if they want to see biblical community flourish in their groups, they must listen to others and learn what interests them. People light up when they are able to talk about their interests. Identify what your group members are interested in and bring those topics up in conversation. For example, if they're parents, ask them about their kids. If you know somebody enjoys a hobby, ask about it. It's easy to talk about things that interest us.