Practical Tips for Dealing with Small Group Problems

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As wonderful as your small group might be, sooner or later every small group leader will encounter a few bumps in the road. In this training post, Anne Cody, Director of Group Life at Trinity Church in Lansing, MI, gives practical tips on dealing with group dynamic problems leaders face in small groups and Bible studies.

Before we hear from Anne, take a look at this fun video that looks at some of the common small group killers!



And you know what they say, if you don't have anyone of these in your group…it may be you! Seriously, keeping the dynamic in your group healthy can be challenging, but it is of utmost importance if you want to create an environment where every member has the opportunity to become all that God wants them to be.

In this teaching clip, Anne give us some practical tips for dealing with some of the most common small group issues.



Anne talked about four major problems that may come up in a small group. They are:

  • The Conversation Hog
  • The Shy Person Who Never Talks
  • The Silent Group
  • The Rabbit Trailblazer

Do you currently have someone in your group that fits one of these categories? If so, which suggestion that Anne gave do you think might work in your situation? What might you try different this coming week when your group meets?
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If you get to the point where you have to have a one-on-one conversation with a particular participant, how might you keep the conversation from turning volatile? Take a moment to think about the correct time, place, and attitude that you'd need to have in order for that person to know you have their best interest, and the best interest of the group, in mind.
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Confrontation, even when it's mild, is difficult. Make sure you spend plenty of time in prayer asking God for wisdom as you tackle the problems in your group.


For more RightNow Media training posts and teaching videos with Anne Cody, click here.