It’s good for people to talk openly in your group when you ask discussion questions. The challenge is that not every person or every group is used to responding to a teacher’s questions – they’ve been conditioned to be receivers of information, not active participants in a dialog.
To help your group members talk more when they do respond to a discussion question, consider peppering the following phrases into your vocabulary. Used the right way, these phrases can help draw out people’s thoughts and ideas so that a conversation is created. If you want to move away from your group members’ short answers, say one of the following when a group members answers you with a short answer to a discussion question:
- “Please, tell us more about that.”
- “Would you explain what you mean?”
- “Go ahead and unpack that idea some more”
- “How do you see that connecting to this Bible study?”
- “You raise a great idea. What else comes to mind?”
- “Help us understand your train of thought.”
- “Talk some more about that.”
Ken you always have such great practical insights to help us do a better job of sharing God’s Word. Keep up the good work!