The term “snoopervising” or “snoopervision” can be viewed as negative words. These tend to refer to spying tactics used to gain information about employees in the workplace, but let’s put a more positive spin on the terms. Too many group leaders are “unsnoopervised” or “undersnoopervized,” and church staff don’t really know what’s taking place in their groups when they meet. Perhaps you are responsible for supervising Bible study leaders on behalf of your church. Can you say with confidence that you know how the Bible is being taught in your groups? Do you know what the group members really think about the teaching taking place? What are the real group dynamics? Most people will struggle to find an answer to this question…they simply do not know what is taking place during group Bible studies! Here are three ideas for becoming a better “snoopervisor.”
1. PARTICIPATE – you should regularly evaluate the teaching taking place in any groups under your leadership. The best way to evaluate a group leader and the group dynamics? Participate in a study with the group! Jot down your observations during the study…what worked? what didn’t work? were the questions asked by the group leader relevant? how many learning methods did the group leader use to engage his people in the Bible study? Did people like the study? Where they fully engaged? What mistakes were made by the group leader? What did he do that the group really liked?
2. EVALUATE – After taking part in a group’s Bible study, and after taking time to review and evaluate the experience, it’s time to meet with the group leader. Let the coaching begin! Share with him the things he did well, the things that didn’t go so well, and things that could be improved. Evaluating the experience together can shed new light on the teaching-learning experience.
3. RECIPROCATE – If you are evaluating a group leader, don’t forget to let the group leader evaluate you. Evaluation is a two-way street. Have you failed to provide for any of the group leaders’ needs? Have you been accessible? What kind of training have you made available to the group leader in the last 30, 90, or 180 days? Have you encouraged group leaders through words of affirmation? Have you challenged them to challenge you to be a better leader?