Lesson 13: Discussion and Assignment

Lesson 13. Live Discussion Questions

These questions are intended to be used to lead a live session at your organization. Clients should come having read the material prepared to answer the questions below. You may also want to use some of the online discussion questions as well as the assignment discussion questions in your live discussion.  

Chapter 26. The Skill of Asking Effective Questions

Please note the words “skill” and “effective”. We are talking about learning how to ask questions to have impact.

  1. List ways you use the skill of asking questions in the responsibilities you have currently at your organization.
  2. When would you preface a question with some other sentences before you get to the actual question?
  3. If you are asking questions to determine if the client is not obeying rules, what would be your opening question?
  4. If you are asking questions to determine how you might help a person who is not being cooperative, what would be your opening question?
  5. If you are trying to determine who stole something from the mission or another client, what would you be asking?
  6. If you are asking questions to determine if the client in interested is receiving salvation, what would be your opening question?

Chapter 32. Leading Good Discussions

  1. Discuss what you learned from this chapter and how it might apply in your context.

Lesson 13. Online Discussions

If you are using this material to facilitate live group discussions, then these questions can be used as a guide. 

If you would like to receive credit for this course, then submit a 400-word response for each discussion group of questions (i.e. Lesson 1. Discussion 1). You do not need to submit 400 words for each question, but for each group of questions. If responding to a live meeting discussion, then share written work as you would in a live meeting.

Lesson 13. Forum 1: Listening Skills

After wrestling through the listening skills website https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ips/listening-skills.html finding the parts of the site that are most helpful to you, share what you can do to become better in the area of listening skills.

Lesson 13. Assignments

Lesson 13. Assignment 1. Asking Good Questions

After reading the textbook assignment and the PDFs, and listening to the videos, write a two-page paper (minimum of 600 words) including how the right questions will lead to better impact in discussions, how planning affects good results in discussions, and examples of how you can use the skill of leading discussions in the ministry.

Lesson 13. Assignment 2. Journal Entry 

In this course you are required to keep a journal. In your journal, you should cover the following things:

  1. Reflect on how the concepts from this week and the rest of this course have applied in your personal and professional life.
  2. What are the primary areas where you believe God wants you to grow this next week, and what specific steps will you take toward that growth?
  3. Reflect on your past week in general. Variations of your entry may include describing how you have been blessed in the past week with either opportunities to see God’s grace, suggestions from a supervisor or fellow staff person, things that happened that you wish you could have a redo, or insights you gained for future work.
  4. You are required to have biweekly meetings with a mentor. For weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 of this course write down the meeting date, and what you learned from your mentoring session.

Although there is no word count requirement for this assignment, a minimum of 250 words is encouraged (one double-spaced page).

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