Lesson 14: Discussion and Assignment

Lesson 14. 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 30. Control Issues and Power Plays

  1. Why do you think people have control issues?
  2. Why do some people want to control others?
  3. Why do some people want to sit back and let themselves be controlled?
  4. What’s the false belief present when it comes to having control issues?
  5. When God created me, I was programmed for control. Why?
  6. What are some ways that I personally try to control other people?
  7. What do I look like when I am afraid someone is trying to control me?
  8. What am I as a person, and as servant of God Almighty, always supposed to be in control of?
  9. So how do I exercise the right amount of control?

Chapters 36. Team Players

  1. How would you describe a good team in the workplace?
  2. What is the best reason for people in ministry to work together in teams?
  3. Describe the person who seems to always be the lone ranger in the work place.
  4. Are teams Scriptural?
  5. What can you do to avoid strife in the workplace?
  6. Describe why and what is turf guarding.

Chapter 38: Establishing Respect in the Workplace

  1. How do we know that people differ in what gives them the feeling of being respected? (we will share with each other our own varied responses)
  2. When we feel disrespected, how do we keep from maintaining and storing an offence toward the other person involved?
  3. How do we develop a critical spirit?
  4. How can we see the best in another person?

Lesson 14. 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 14. Forum 1: Creative Conflict

  1. Why do some people seem to have such problems with maintaining unity in the workplace?
  2. What is the difference between disagreement and disunity?
  3. What can you do when you sense disunity springing up in the workplace?
  4. What is the difference in a peace maker and a peace keeper?
  5. When you disagree with a supervisor, what would Jesus have you do?
  6. How can conflict can be a positive if it is directed in the right way with the right motivations? Give examples of how some conflict in your work place could result in a good outcome.

Lesson 14. Assignments

Lesson 14. Assignment 1. Teamwork

After reading the textbook assignment and the PDFs, and listening to the videos, write a two-page paper (minimum of 600 words) on how to implement effective teams in ministry, giving specific ways that teams can better address the issues experienced by both staff and clients, and how to prevent control issues from destroying unity.

Lesson 14. 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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